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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.

Peace Under Your Feet

those round metal manhole covers
are made of melted-down guns
confiscated by the cops
from criminals
who made holes in humans

picture rusted bandaids
on the open wounds of the city

man is who who holes up somewhere
cramped in the din
of his own weaponry

it is the fallacy of murder to believe
it's not your head
to which every gun is held
an invention by grotesque minds
that can turn a murder
into a door to a sewer

a man into blown scrap

a hole in our thinking
which dare not be left open
less we fall into it
like stars buckling
under their own light

the last place to look
right under your feet

— Ed Kaplan


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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