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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.


To the innocent souls lost
And into parched throats
In utmost reverence, we pour some liquor
Vailing for the men of valour
The men who heard Hell bells ring
Saw harebells shrink
But still muttering hope to forlorn psyches
When did our fate end up in bedlam?
Now the lanner can only hover
The land is no more a home
Not a rec anymore, a complete wreck
Emptiness, vortex of confusion fills the lacuna
A dawn of a vicissitude seems to be closing in on us
But we are raising our voices loud
Not to limn verbose lexis, preach vapid sermons
Peace we seek
In this vale of tears
Cos' the verset has long been played
The versicle has long been said
The time to respond is now
We should be shinning
Illuminating sunshine into gloomy souls
We should be smiling
Disseminating love even to blooming foes
Speak hope, even when we cannot cope
Even when drowning in desperation
And frustrating ostensible inspiration
This is a brief moment to stare into time
Pray to catch a glimpse of hope, vistas of serendipity
We cease to lament, sing dirges over broken pots
We stand on higher planes beating out the drums
Calling all strained hearts to rest
The weaklings can now dream in verve
This is a time to let live
This is a time for peace

— Edmund Baffour Awuah


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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