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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 Queens Speech

In times to come, woes in sight
In shadows past no vision of light
When darkness swallows and belches pity

The nitty gritty of pretty merry, I admire
Shall become more of a fairy prayer
The sounding of war drums, follow  rushing of waves

Inter-fusion of whaling voices, butchered at sea in pieces
Bewilderment of supplications gone awry
An obligation of mercy to show and behold, made void

To stem oozing pain from sighs at moonlight, made void
And moanings from sides torn from buffets
Left to starve on the door step of war drums

Meet me at the place where fear thrives
Where tears cry and whales moan of shallow waters
Where uncertainty is surety, death is a luxury

At the place where happiness has no face
And destitute, grips like a fever pitch
Then talk to me about misfortune, you lucky bustard

When Good Men Go To War

When good men go to war,
And the blue sky of paradise,
Turns grey with looming fright

When politics ask good men to pick up arms
And they say it is for good reason honest
This is a fight for our way of life

Our freedom, this is for justice
For our right our honour
Our democracy, right to bare arms

When mothers hug their sons
And send them off to the battle field
Fearing the dreaded uniformed knock

We lost one, to the rose cottage
Less one from deploring parade
One less on the journey home, empty seats

When good men go to war,
And death becomes of innocence
Expect not the same man, to come back home

— Kodjo Deynoo


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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