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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.

Eternal Peace, Its Root

Shining clouds sailing high in the sky
Doves in white fly everywhere
His spirit is flowing incessantly
I saw it in a dream.

When I peep out, the sky looks threatening
Darkness spreads everywhere
Thunderstorm strikes
Lightning cuts through bombards.

How my dream comes true, I thought,
Never is it, my heart whispers.
Love is invisible, selfishness rules
Earth is burned and wretched.

Passion rules man, they pull him down
Disquiet prevails, it is hell
Hatred is man’s creation it is folly
When God guides, he wins over the senses
And he is at peace, immortal.

Again, I saw Him standing in majesty
I cling on with adhesive, so strong it is
Darkness all vanish, sun shines
So cool the breeze that blows
Passions all dissolve to nothing
I relish calmness at its height
The peace at its best, the stillness with perfection
It is pure and holy
The world becomes heaven.

When I look at through Him
The world looks different
I see everyone, my dear ones
As He guides me, I am to follow Him only
I take the agony of others as mine
It is my service all times.
I stand bold in tribulations
The life with Him is the finest ever
It is sublime tranquil
And I am at peace for ever.

— K. K. Mathew


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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