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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.


Nights and days rob the clothes-
Yesterdays tore the wears -
Everyday calls for tears.
Man should freeze the vandal palms;
Man should clear the wan faces.
Mouths should soothe the rhythmic breaths;
Tongues should roll for daily sweet.
Eyes of all should smiles for life;
drops of joy should beat the tears.
White or black or even red
should be seen from one angle...


As tiny as tailor's tool -
needle, and as vulnerable as they are,
they withstand the dust and cleanse
and boost the living stay
with in fact a starving rope -
their motto is all-in-one -
One tongue - one voice:
the call!

— Olawuyi Mutiu


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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