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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.



Enough! Ça suffit! ¡Basta ya!

Let's eliminate indifference to human suffering
Let's eliminate prejudices toward another country, race
Let's eliminate poverty
Let's eliminate intolerance
Let's eliminate resentments, hatred
Let's eliminate all the nonsense and get back to our senses

Let's get very real now about peace

Let's start with inner peace
Let's start with our neighbors
Let's start with our colleagues and then let's move to our enemies
Let's get into our souls and change ourselves
There is no waiting.  There is no tomorrow.
Let's show true compassion to the newcomer

Let's get very real now about peace

Peace means letting everybody to have a voice
Peace means tolerance
Peace means compassion
Peace means eliminating our own emotional baggage
Peace means caring for our fellow human beings
Peace means respecting diversity

Let's get very real now about peace

Love cannot be forced
Peace cannot be imposed

There is a loud cry for acceptance, for being treated with dignity and respect,
  for a sense of belonging to a community, an organization, a nation
Let's not pretend we are deaf
Let's hear and listen to the loud cry

Let's be part of the peace process

Let's start today. What about yesterday?

Enough! Ça suffit! ¡Basta ya!

— Ana María González
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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