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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.

Fall Out

NO, you will not have my child
Just say, NO.

I will not be convinced by the rampant
hunger of government, the devourer of souls
for cannon fodder...

NO, I will not stand, a zombie in lock step
a unrepentant ghoul entranced
watching, as you turn innocence...
to join with the minions of destruction.

I will not plan to kill.
I will not live to hate.

NO, you will not have my child.
Death may come, as Death will,
But, I will not be conned by the powers that be.

Death will not find me or mine willing victims
of this plague of violence.
The energy of me and mine will plan
to live and die in the light of peace.

— Debbie Guzzi


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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