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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.

(Praying For Peace)

When you have nothing else to say
All you can do is simply pray
When all the words have been said
And the world watches while people are dead

Sticks and stones might break their bones
Yet they'll keep fighting for the land they own
What you give away will be returned
Cause that's a law that I have learned

The day will come when the table is turned
So run before your house is burned
I'll send my Love so their souls can heal
And Live in peace with their own ordeal

How to forgive who killed your mother
And left you homeless with no father
I ask the Lord to help them forget
So we all can live with no regrets

I pray for the light to vanish the pain
Before we all become insane
We'll live our lives day by day
Hoping that they'll find their way

(Bless the Souls of the Innocent People)

Nobody knows why innocent people die
Why they leave without saying goodbye
Do you stop to think about their families
About the children lost in destroyed cities

Then you turn to God, in times of need
You pray their Souls would rest in peace
Your ask that time would heal their scars
And release their pain to the twinkly stars

Nobody knows why it takes so long
For the wounded heart to forgive and move on
For the shattered Soul to understand
That the power wasn't in their own hand

Don't blame God, yourself or Earth
Cause it's like a Mother who had a stillbirth
We too are the children of our planet
And I'm sure she's hurt as much as we did

— Adrian Nour Jamal


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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