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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 wells sprouted from the bottom of the sea
and the sluices of heaven were opened.
The ark was made of cypress wood
and smeared with tar
from within and without. The waters flooded
the earth, covered
the highest mountains, and in the ark
they entwined amidst the animals, pure
and impure, amidst baskets with meat of
fish and lamb, fruit and bread.
And the stone still unblemished with blood,
the innumerable breathing, the dove
and the raven sleeping in their cages:
the last ashes of a world,
alongside which they laid down, trembling.
A long wait for the dawn and the ways.

Outside, the rain did not find rest.

— Carlos Barbarito
Translated from Spanish by Stefan Beyst


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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