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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.

One night
I had a dream
I saw a man
He crawled the sand
Parched by the dark of night
And guided by an inner fright
So burdened by his will
Fresh blood he sought to spill

He came into the woods
He felt how it was good
He walked amongst the beasts
Astounded by their peace
By nature's will they flocked
The lion, hawk and dove
In unity with life
Yet still his hand was on his knife

There in his mind he raged
Imprisoned, wild and caged
So little did he know of love
His path, nor where to go for love
No instinct left, no sight
No reason for his plight
He forced his hands that toiled
To hunt the soul he'd soiled

He heard a sound
Began to run
He turned and aimed  then shot his gun
He searched and there amongst the trees
Three children
Grovelling on their knees

'Twas then God thundered rain,
Down, down the war it came
He heard a shot began to run
His hand reached out and grabbed his son
His life was over-- it was done

He fell entrenched in pain
In pools of hate he bled, deep tears of shame he shed
At last with anguished cry
He screamed out "Mercy", Let me die!
For there unclouded by dense fright
There in the darkest senseless night
His soul was fortified with grace
Reflected in each childs pure face
He saw his own ......and he was freed

In mindfields of mankind
The more you fight
The less you'll find
By reaching out a hand
Preserve and understand
The  Minefields of Mankind
Are battles in your mind
'Tis yours each breath you save
With love the seventh wave
With tolerance and peace
Love shall surely soothe the beast
In mindfields of mankind
Seek inner truths and find
Strength in unity and peace
For then our wars
Will surely cease

— Georgina Galanis


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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