School children around the world were invited to submit two lines of poetry about peace to the United Nations. Lines from 38 countries were collated into one long poem. Here’s a selection:
Chaque nation envoie des casques bleus
Pour que le monde soit plus heureux.
Ecole Fondamentale, Fleurus, Belgique
Comes from peace within.
Glenala State High School, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Peace remained by my side until I understood
what she wanted from me—that I be free
Parque Ecologico, Porangaba, Brazil
Peace is special, like us
And in all creatures, large and small
Pleasant Valley School, Novato, CA, USA
Let it blow in your direction
Let it touch you, melt you and mould you
SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College, Tema, Ghana
De sus alas, lentamente, una pluma se desprende.
La paloma agoniza, nuestra paz se desvanece.
Colegio Marymount, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México
No war, no violence,
and lots of silence.
St. Dominic Savio School, Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada
We don’t like it that our fathers must be soldiers
and shoot other children’s fathers.
Engbrottsskolan, Ctvidaberg, Sweden
There comes an army; here comes another.
They meet in the middle and declare PEACE.
Holy Cross Primary School, Western Cape, South Africa