Poems for Peace competition – Highly Commended: Olivia Darby

Contributor/s : Olivia Darby

Recorded on date : November 30, 2020

The Peace Effect

Dark, dark times of hate,

Monsters ripping each other apart.

A tear falls at home.

No one wins this gamble.

No one is a friend.

People at home,

Crying for help.

Propaganda alone,

On the walls.

People standing at home.

Until a hole pierces the black.

The hate cracks open to reveal something,

Something not seen for it was covered in fear and sadness.

Love was there,

Even in the stone cold things.

Monsters fade away,

Men in camouflage take their place.

Poison insults turn into regret

Black hearts turn back to red

People see what they’d become.

Hugs, kisses, reunion.

People crying for joy.

Fathers, sons and brothers,

Together again.

Hugs, kisses again.

After what felt like eons

Peace took over.

People were at home.

Some tears kept falling,

But most were gone.

This is the peace,

For all who were waiting.

Olivia Darby

12 years old

Willowfield School, London

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