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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.


Wide Island

One light
Under one moon
Illuminates a land, a sea
A cove of hills so green so still

One million dreams scatter to the winds, once
Held soft as an angel's breath
In a cove of barren hills so charred
And still we pray

One plane, one fat little man
Poised mid-air, wait once, twice
Held soft, gently falling as rain
On a coven place where we once were

One child, a single glance
Under a thousand suns
Held in a mother's arms
Still, breathless
On green hills that yearn
To play

Once we were there
On the wings of moths we flew
Breathing the craven trees
Where they grow still
Wide awake
Stricken

Once upon a day
We sang
One hundred thousand voices rose
Airborne into a universe at sea
One day on that still wide island



— Patricia M. Lewis
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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