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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.

Understanding our empathy...

Destructive chaos with two cultures compulsion
Our world with scenes of preventable events. Guilty
As the nation who shares the blame, a simple syllable
Of forgiveness is not enough to restore the innocuous
Pedestrians who took their final breath on the soil our
Friends cherished.

It more too seeing to devastating tragedies because living
One is almost complicated to explain. Clouds of dusts, scattered
Homes, shattered windows, broken souls, the list can escalate for
Decades. But horrifying events happen ONCE. A plead for change only
Becomes achievable through compassion & respect from our society.

Realize that we pump the same molecules, have similar organs, &
Breathe the common air. So why do we bring hatred in this world
Of beautiful prosperity? Being supercilious only abolishes our ability
To reconstruct the planet we all live on. Our true to accept
Man-kind, develop the family of diversity & save the rocky land of

This task is only the beginning, but climbing the ladder of appreciation within
Our world takes enormous amounts of dedication, strength, determination,
Motivation & the power to obliterate judgment. We are... one species, we
Are.... One union. So let’s rebuild the bond that we terribly losted years
Ago. After all, Peace is the man who brings our citizens to unite as the
Family of Brother & sisterhood.

— Jerome Howard


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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