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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.

Finding Peace

A cry in the night, you hold out your hand
I run from the light, but stuck in quicksand 
I awake in my bed, I’m ready to scream
A feeling of dread, it’s only a dream
But the winds blow strong, the darkness is looming
Blood it is flowing, the cannons are booming
Fighting and war bring nothing but grief
Our leaders steal lives, there is no relief
From old to young generations are lost
The tears and lives are the true cost
Millennium 200, wouldn't men learn
For peace and for love is what we should yearn
Another way dawns, a happier day
For joy and for peace, the only way
Open your hearts, love all mankind
Share with the world and we will find

— Elias Dafoe


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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