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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.

A Poem for Peace in Two Voices

Calm came clear
of cloud
early one morning                         Calm come clear
before things started                     of cloud 

Calm came at noon Calm come 
A spring bird perched clear 
on black bough                    of cloud
in blazing sun.

Calm came at night                        Calm come clear
stretching as cats do,           of cloud
constant stretch and change.

Flowers brightened                        Calm come clear
as the house slept.                       of cloud

Now calm come                     Now calm come
in the face of                             clear of
brawl                              cloud

— Penn Kemp


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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