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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.

Peace, come and live with us forever

Whenever we close our eyes
to decamp from an eternal strife,
we see the reflection of peace
in the shadow of the fire
burning inside our heart.

We cannot sleep at night
and day, we just chase it away.
Can it be true that
they also think of peace, as we do?
They also long for peace, as we do?

On every bend, we stop, and open
our ears, hoping to hear the
whispers of peace. Alas! But
lately, things aren't what
they used to be. Now peace it
seems is just a forlorn reverie.

Peace, when you were here,
a thorn was a rose.
But when you are away,
a rose is a thorn.
When will you come back?

Life, it doesn't frighten us.
For us it is the series
of volcanic eruptions.
We were children once
but now we are only orphans.

Anybody can live
but it takes a lot of courage
to stay alive all the time
dancing on the floor of death.
When will you learn to dance?

'Life, how far is the death?'
'How far is it we all ask?'
Death is near, "when you
are far away from yourself",
life answered back.

We are far away
far away from us.
We are moving backward,
we walked yesterday,
today we slipped
and tomorrow we will crawl.

Peace, come here
and live with us forever.
We will spend our life
painting the stars of compassion.
We both discern the obstacles
but its worth doing
than digging the abyss of affliction.

We might have lost everything
but not our heart.
Upon this murky land,
sunshine will come, and soon we
shall be blessed with the warmth of love.

— Bhuwan Thapaliya


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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