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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 clear blue sky and a peaceful bliss

The children playing, the parents watching

A day so calm, it’s like a fantasy

Birds flying in the sky, squirrels climbing trees

Dreams of a day there is no war

Nature goes on, while humanity stands still.

Buildings collapsing in clouds of smoke,

Fires raging war across the trees

Shadows etched forever against lonely walls

Cries of pain, cries of longing will never go away

Walking through roads, not being able to tell brick from bone.

The once pure blue river, now poisoned forever red.

Living now changed, unrecognizable, covered in burns.

A blissful peace in the story of war,

Or battles now ended, forever in chaos and destruction.

A choice to be chosen, which shall it be?

— Theodora Artas


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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