Selina, aged 15

“You have not done enough, you have never done enough as long as there is still something to which you can contribute.” – Dag Hammarskjöld 

Peace, often defined as the absence of war
But why should ‘peace’ be absence of cruelty at its core?
This word, to me, seems almost just too shallow
When so many people around the world have hearts so sore
Peace is much deeper then simply no guns
It means no stress, no conflicts, harmony!
A friend today to me has said ‘peace equals dignity combined with love’
We say we do and are all we can be
Governments say it, teachers say it, and our parents too
Everyone names themselves to praising peace
But what is it really that we do?
As long as all these no-good arguments don’t cease,
We’re damned to living on this planet with just hope
For future generations to be just in ‘luck’
‘Cause we won’t do anything but mope
And even those who aren’t only words,
Those who really do work towards a better world
We all may say they’ve done enough
But some will not agree, like Hammarskjöld
He said ‘you have not done enough’
You have not ever done enough
‘As long as there is still something to which you can contribute’
Though some will say this man’s words have been rough,
And to this man let’s say we’ll pay a tribute
Let’s all agree to listen to his words
And never cease contributing to this world
Let’s make ‘peace’ better known
For it is not simply the absence of a war
It isn’t only the absence of religious conflict
It isn’t just the absence of a governmental row
It’s not the calm of keeping people ‘in control’
The definition of it is a test
‘Cause it’s the absence of our minds at rest
The absence of a better world
May peace be brought now to us all.

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Sharing entires to the United Nations Peace Essay competitions run by the Information Service in Geneva in 2011
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