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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.

Sunrise

Out of the ashes is born a new dawn
And each step leads somewhere we've never been before
See it rising?
On the horizon?
A golden promise that everyone's slate is clean
 
Was it honest?
That Promise?
Was it all just to please the crowds?
Where is it now?
Stowed away in your pockets like everything else
 
Everyone, prepare to soar!
There'll be no hardship anymore!
Cry out like the eagles in the sky,
Send your cheers up high,
Celebrate the nation's sunrise!
Celebrate the nation's sunrise!
 
Invite us all with arms wide open
Welcoming as vulture's wings
Can you see it?
I can feel it,
This is not how it's meant to be.
 
It's not your smile
Or your self-denial
It's the way your hands are behind your back
Like you need to cross your fingers
Like you need to break the deal.
 
Everyone, prepare to soar!
There'll be no hardship anymore!
Cry out like the eagles in the sky,
Send your cheers up high,
Daemons in disguise...
Celebrate the nation's sunrise.


— Tristan Michael de Robillard
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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