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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.


There is a hill behind our house.
It seems wherever I live in Kabul there is a hill at the back.
Even at work there is a hill behind us.
ISAF tanks play their games there
Giving us a sense of security.
But this hill has the least sign of life of any of them.
Mines — of course.
How I would like to walk it.
Out on the street I hear youngsters clapping,
Is this for football?
It is chanting but certainly this is happy.
No animosity here.
Animosity — a strange and powerful word. 
A real word here.
Why are they cheering?
Egging someone on.
Can I walk to see?
Hopefully with a police post at the front gate there is no problem.
I cannot see kites.
I do not hear dogs with their fighting games.
It must be football or some competition.
I hear a whistle — yes — football!
Can I get past the watchtower and two black tanks beyond the fence to the football game? 

— Adele Ogiér Jones


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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