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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.

Sweet Sunrise: Serenity

Dark clouds are moving across the eyes;

The cheeks are burning the gloomy skies.

War explains nothing, the aftermath is ruthless;

Now the soil is dead, the trees are fruitless.

But the tears roll down to spread harmony!

Mental-flashback of a blinding nuclear mass;

Standing in tears amongst the dusty grass.

But that is not what we spell today-

PEACE instead of war, HURRAY instead of mayday.

Hibakusha for the living, we hold you up!

The alphabets are mixed, the pun is serious;

The poem goes on to addressterrifying and  mysterious

Deeds by mankind in a time very long.

The bullets and bombs were weird and wrong

In times of hope for the general good!

Singing off the awful day's pride;

Men of honour with hopes by their sides,

But now malady upon their breath.

Journeyed faces across the earth

For love and grace, joy and PEACE!

A five-lettered word that speaks of silence,

Calm powerful preacher who detests violence.

The words are unclear; do you see the mist,

Or the launched monstrosity as a gist?

The catastrophic collision- a great destruction!

There will be no more petrifying pain or cancer,

Every problem will have a solution and an answer.

There will be nomore rape of this adorable terrain,

We will wake up, hold hands and repeat again and again:


— Eric Law


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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