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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.


I protect deep under my dresses my children
I walk on my toes not to be found hiding them
I scream with bloodstained nails
And I 'm howling for the dead
The unfairly lost

With wild yell halloo I to the full moon light
Why in my damn blood Cain and Abel together
Relentless twin sons sent me
In the nights that I had quenched 
My thirst in cravings

Violence and chastity how to align
Instictive planted in the souls of my brood
How to the goodness not to
Be unjust if furiously
Do I not defend it

Fire tongues are spitting my eyes! I hate in deed, I  
The mother who gives birth! Infanticide
Invaders will I slaughter
Revenge, straight out of the ground 
Germinate I!

The tender earnest virgin, in emergency
Brutal courtesan, two-headed, rigorous am
I, in punishing of those that 
They should give back to me 
Honour and reference...

— Chryssa Velissariou


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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