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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.

Wind of Peace

young and patriotic soldiers
continuously fight and die in wars,
but the schemers of the war
fail to tell them of their selfish
intents and aims

victors are happy with damages
unleashed on their victims
whereas the vanquished
in the pool of their own blood
agitate for another war

truly, war gives no room to forgiveness
and forgetfulness
rather a reference point of pain

now let the wind of peace blow......
blow over the scarred hearts silently dying in their closets

let it blow...
blow over the traumatized minds seeming beyond repairs

let it blow...
blow to lull the lost souls still restless in their catacombs

let it blow...
blow to unearth the landmines and make the grounds safe play for kids

let it blow..
blow to drop down hanging pictures of pain long time held in homes

let it blow...
blow to calm the boiling blood still believing in the Hammurabi's code

let it blow...
blow to settle the sands on the plains of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

let it blow...
and drop all the withered leaves for a fresh beginning of greenness

for the hour of peace is Now!

— Adjei Adjei-Baah


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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