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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 shift in consciousness

The trumpets have sounded,

After two years of doing this and that,

Finally, Prana has moved this and that,

Time to empower the next generation,

Time to fuse hope in humanity,

Set a model business for young people

Tackle their problems without fear or favour,

Chart a new course for this generation,

Preside over a shift of consciousness,

A new awareness in media management,

Take this world to Canaan,

Just like Joshua took over from Moses,

A young man taking over from a mzee*,

A visionary leading the way,

To a brighter and harmonious day


The trumpets have sounded

It’s time to get this show on the road

Not the first, second or third liberation,

But a deliverance from the jaws of poverty

A healing from the misery of disease

Redemption from the grip of ignorance

A new sunrise in the plains

A new beginning to an old lethargic story


On facebook, twitter and Iborian

On the airwaves and on newspapers

Shout a new message, don’t do whispers

Sing a new song, a song of unconditional freedom

Freedom from political mischief

Freedom from maize, oil and grand scandals

Freedom from renting out public utilities to multinationals

Freedom from infringement of our sovereign territory

Freedom of thought, speech and association

What our forefathers died for in 1945


A shift in consciousness, away from dogmatic religions

To a Spiritual dispensation of Love

Away from rigid rules to peace and tolerance

Away from killing in the name of God

Away from stealing from the house of God

Away from celebrity worship and idols

To a recognition of our equality

To an acknowledgement of our oneness

That we are Spiritual beings having a human experience

That when your fellow man suffers, you suffer

When your fellow woman hungers, you hunger

That when a child cries, you feel the pain

That when we discriminate and stigmatize,

It is us that are discriminated and stigmatized

That we share a collective consciousness,

The Human Consciousness,

Birthed from the God Consciousness

Created in his Image and Likeness

What He is, We are,

What She can do, so can We

— Bernard Muhia


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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