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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.

Only an Ant's blood
If only...if only
The ants could ever speak a thought,
Then the gales wouldn't be the only
To lament on the blindness that hate has brought
The day Greed took the lonely,

They charge at their own,
Driven with the anger in their gut
And never have they ever known
How many ants they crushed.

Black is the stream, filled with the blood
Of the ones the Valkyries carried away for delight
And as the greedy stop and look in dismay
They see the trees shrivel from the poison water

Too late did they see through their blindness and Greed,
For spilled blood and a blade do not make an olive wreath.

— Henry Cheng


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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