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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.

The Rulerman

words opens audio between walls of acoustic desrciption
silence when the unsaid is returned
when snakes bite each other's ends

the squares the Rulerman measures have no area for us uncertain individuals
humiliation is complete when characters have reached their final positions 
    in a cubic totalitarian space
ultimate control is just about right angles

the diagonal is elaborated along the longest route
standing straight means more and more less
public downtrodden
generally accepted
legates being exchanged over the masses
for protection is the necessary truth
it hurts to see humans drugged with ideals

add pain that nobody can measure
just as much as sad tears is a rule for death
the familycorn is as crisp as it feels on the fields
a bitter almond burned in sugar
the taste on heavy hosts tip while the spies X & Y sneak behind the puppets

the only difference is the surroundings where the Bumblebee mystifies the wind
deercolored straws bends before the same
pherhaps the tranquility that should embrace life itself
to ensure the craddle
no way there and a new universe is only borned where it ends

— Bengt Jerker Anstrin


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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