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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.


I Have A Poem
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll spread the message with its fires
Towards the planets with holocausts or killings
A poem that'll talk about reality amongst the
Communities tortured and marginalized
A poem that'll be against female mutilations
With sex violation and child abuse
A poem that'll sail on the oceans, seas
And lakes.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll flow deep in the hearts of mankind
Imagination with persecution and murder
A poem that'll transform many faces from sadness
To joy in the season of revolt
A poem that'll fly above the moons, stars
And suns.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll bear the richness of solidarity
For the poor and needy groups
A poem that'll climb the mountains with rocks
Against the tribal war and hatred
A prayer that'll linger across the borders, horizons
And skies.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll never accept dictatorships
But the democracy to embrace the integrity and equality
A poem that'll victoriously shine in the midst
Of darkness to steer the world for light
A poem that'll challenge the axis of conflicts, hunger
And war.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll change the masses from
Racialism and imperialism to harmony that prevails
A poem that'll face no fear from the leaders
Of the earth in the nuclear advancement
A poem that'll heal the children, mothers
And fathers.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll sweep away the intimidation
And humiliation of racism
A poem that'll stand by the justice
Towards the sufferers and victims on soil of
Terrorism and AIDS's stigma
A poem that'll bring the new dawn
To the less fortunate, disabled
And the poor.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll resist the subjugation of
The innocent creation and nature burning
A poem that'll uphold our dignity and rights
Against the imperialists' nightmare storms
A poem that'll reign on the rivers, streams
And valleys.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll fight for my rights, your destiny
Against poverty and violence
A poem that'll take its paths on the clouds
Of machinations with tribalism
To bring back reconciliation within the dust
Of bloodshed of massacre
A poem that'll call for the struggle
Against the tyrants holding the oppressions
And discrimination against a culture
A poem that'll condem the child trafficking, slavery
And child soldier.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll reflect on the lives
Living in despair with no hope for the future
A poem that'll free the deprived peoples
From the rising massacre and destruction
A poem that'll boldly demonstrate against
Military dominance of human dignity
A poem that'll swiftly tread in the slums, towns
And cities.
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem that'll curse child labour,
And early marriage on the rise
A poem that'll condem and break all arms, bullets
And bombs and create justice that prevails
A poem with the vision for the mission
Against inhumanity, impunity
And injustice.
Yes!
I have a poem for peace to the world
A poem!
Like Martin Luther King had
a dream.



— Walter Keyombe Muzembi
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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