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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.

PEACEFUL DAYS

WAKE UP!
THE TIME HAS COME
FOR THE SPIRITS
TO RISE UP AND REMEMBER:

IN THOSE PEACEFUL DAYS
WHERE THERE WAS ONLY ON EARTH
A COUPLE OF DROPS OF WATER
BETWEEN SKY AND SEA
AND NOTHING BUT THE WIND
SINGING UP THE HILLS.

EVERYDAY WAS THE SAME
NOTHING WOULD EVER CHANGE
BUT THE SONG OF THE WIND
SCREAMING UP THE HILLS.

AND THE SCREAM OPENED ITS WAY
AND THE WIND BECAME STRONGER
SO STRONG IT MADE IT ICE
AND QUIT SINGING FOR DAYS.


TRANSPARENCY AND RELATED MATTERS

TRANSPARENCY IS THE FIBER OPTICS OF COMMUNICATION.
COMMUNICATION IS THE BASIS OF GOOD RELATIONS.
GOOD RELATIONS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF PEACE.
PEACE IS THE PATH TO ENLIGHTMENT.
ENLIGHTMENT IS THE LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE.
THE UNIVERSE IS IMBUED WITH INTELLIGENCE.
THEREFORE TRANSPARENCY IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS INTELLIGENCE.


— Stella Steinbach
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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