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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.

It is a Clarion Call

Having been battered on every side for years,
Having fumbled with our fortune for so long a time
It has become necessary that we pursue peace to clear tears.
And through the jungles and on the highways let us chime
Peace to the hearts of our beloved peers.

Let us not be caught in the frenzy of shattering our dreams,
Cultivated over the centuries against the harvest hour
Making long and winding scarlet streams
From the blood of our co-labourers, for we are near to the refuge tower
Where awaits the peaceful-joyful streams.

Let our story be that
We have this day dropped our bows,
Broken our spears and burnt the arrows
Lifting our brows to behold the perching of peace
On the dawn of the future we anticipate,
Feasts of love shall be widespread across our land
After our victory in policing the borders of our mind.

Pick up the sceptre of unity,
The sure tool for harmonising our community
For upon the structure of unity shall we find a life of dignity.

— Abeku Adams


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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