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Poetry for Peace Contest

The Poetry for Peace contest was held from 15 September until 14 October 2011. The winners were anounced at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York.

Below is one of the contest entries.

A Child’s Innocent Dream

An innocent child standing amid the traffic congestion
Counts his childhood days of pain, bliss and tribulation
He sometime dreams for contentment and happiness
He sometime dreams for lamentation and distress
 
He often prays for forbearance and tranquility for us
He often prays for forbearance and tranquility for us
 
 
He had been buried in the heaps of despotism as told
Alone in the gloomy gaol of far- far-far-far busy land
Where he was served with pebbly food and prickly beds
Where he was shown dead skulls of his parents’ heads
 
He often prays for forbearance and tranquility for us
He often prays for forbearance and tranquility for us.
 
The crumple papers cry under the shade of gigantic pole
Stating that they failed to teach him a b c d 1 2 3 four
The thrown pencil beside him yells the fact of torment
The child siestas on the pitched road being a dormant
 
He often utterly exclaims for the seek of being alive
He often rants and raves against the arms and knives.
 
He sometimes prays for equality, freedom and humanity
He sometimes prays for equality, freedom and humanity


— Prakash Dhamala
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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