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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.

Freedom, with power for peace

See what Freedom means
being in the presence of boundless curiosity,
to witness our spiritual riches
within that life offers us.
I believe that often we say the same thing
in different ways - in different forms,
with a different tone -
For so is the life
one sees the colors of others-not
a thrush spreads wings over the orchid,
another was torn down with head injuries.
Fly like leaves
flying to save the freedom to live ...
I can give light where there is shadow
enter the orbit of momentum and hope
to never stopped driving force,
always in the marathon of life,
with power for peace,
with freedom to remain in the illuminated compass
that never errs.

The Nobelist for Peace
         (To Mother Teresa)

I bring flowers to your monument,
For you can bless me with love.
You're anywhere:
O mother Teresa - Gonxhe Bojaxhi,
Fighting selfishness, this spiritual illness
was you father's will
Pure love, your mother's gift
Taken by you from the breast milk
To the hungry and yearning
You gave love and praying
To the abandoned ones,
You gave shelter, food and safety.
Wherever man has forgotten what love is:
Art thou!
Where man has forgotten to care for the sick:
Art thou!
Where man has forgotten to help the poor:
Art thou!
Where the poorest live among the poor:
Art thou!
Where nobody dies desperate
but in peace with God:
Art thou!
Where everyone gets a warm hand of assistance
regardless of race and nation:
Art thou!
Where instead of immorality, with selfishness and malice,
help survives with loving support:
Art thou!
Wherever in the world disasters occur,
diseases, AIDS and drugs make havoc:
Art thou!
The Nobelist for peace
Returns to people the hope
Goodness and love
Mother of love,
Turned into a monument of eternity:
Art thou!

— Kozi Zavalani


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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