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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.

We were of the Winter 
In the Summer,
The locusts had our wheat
I do not leave anything for you
I've given you the perfume  of spikes
... And pajamas of the desert
To the wind
I'm here with memories of nakedness
Let my tears postpone 
For the harvest season
And the beheaded wheat
When locusts invaded  in swarm
Winter was our season
The season of horses in heat
Summer harvesting season blood of my fellows 
I do sacrifice
Until your dreams
Is full of kites and pigeons and songs
With no smell of gunpowder and burned livers
Blessed your world
With peace and liberty

— Elhameh Kaghazchi


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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