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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.

Although a life can be long and strange,
With time travelling by at a constant speed,
With difficulty staying on this plain
Or at least until CERN gets that proof we’ll heed
For as though we feel as though we’re alone
And that pleasant dreams replace what is lost
Who weeps for them that death strikes on their own
Only to find that there is no one to incur the cost
But to die of thirst from a tormenting fire,
Or to wait for it from your sick bed,
Has been the shared guilt of them that quest for power
Although even greed must eventually join the dead
With suffering not an exclusive state
It is sad to say we’ll all greet that universal fate

— David Harkness


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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