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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.


                      Good called on the tempests of Zeus
                 to declare war
                 against Evil.

                  Like a wild beast it rose up
                  to kill evil
                  and from the heights of the Heavens
                  to exterminate it...
                  to flatten it
                  with the roar and power of thunderbolts.

                   Evil died... entered the ground
                   the garbage of earth
                   gave it a soul.
                   It raised its head... stood up straight
                   reentered the world in a driving rain.

                    Those were you see times of peace.

                    Good lived on intoxicated
                     wearing the laurels of triumph
                     and the tuxedo of justice.

                     It gave evil a pardon
                     in the name of the coexistence
                                                  of nations and ideas.

                      Wars and tempests were forgotten
                      and the thunderbolts
                      and as in the beginning
                      lived together again in the name of Peace
                      so in a while war
                      starts all over again from the beginning.

— Ilias Foukis


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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