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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.


Our world is sick and in messiness
Our world is tattered and ragged
Our world is bedeviled by our actions
Actions that have augmented the myriad of problems
We live in it, we are the hope, we hold the future
 We are the titans of solutions, We are of a purpose
You are to serve that purpose
You are to wear the cap of action
You are to claim the call of change
You are the tread in the fabric of life
You are the beautifying green in the world
You are the fresh perfume scent in the wind
Your actions awake a dying soul and put a heart-warming smile on the face
Let’s defend humanity with our service
Lets become the bridge to a better world
The jewel of peace, the voice of change and the brotherhood of man
You are the life, the spirit and the icon of change in your community
The world, awaits your smallest action for a greater impact.

— Patrick Adjei Nketia


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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