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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 Cry For

Your skin is coloured whislt mine is white
But this is no reason 
why we must fight
It doesn't matter about the colour of skin
What is 
important, is what is within

Your heart like mine, beats to give you 
So why must we cause each other strife ?
You have the same ideas 
within your head
And when we bleed, do we not both bleed red ?

Jehovah, Allah and others that have a name
But have you considered they 
may be one and the same?
Christian, Moslem, Gentile,Catholic or Hindi
respect your belief, but it doesn't matter to me

Your conflicts and 
violence cause worries and fears
And mothers and children shed all the 
War only brings chaos,misery and despair
Can you honestly say 
that you do not care?

To take another life is not so brave
The guilt 
of which will not end in your grave
When you stand before your God, as 
surely you must
 Nothing you say will make killing just

So come take 
my hand, let me call you my friend
Lay down your arms, let all the 
violence end
Let me see the shine in your eyes, the smile on your face

Stop hurting each other, and let us embrace

— Mrs. Juliet Leech


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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