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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.

Uniting Nation

a thousand borders
formed and unformed. a

thousand nations
springing up like wildflowers.
springing up like
     no, spot fires.

they're extinguished
from above. but some
get away. running up
the hill 'til they wear

made and unmade.

the light of recognition
casting the longest
shadow. beautiful light, but


a thousand people.
material and immaterial. extinguished
from above.

but some get away.

— w.m.lewis


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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