Entry - MAG Poetry Prize 2010

SONNET FOR SARAJEVO

by Verica Peacock

                   They lived in harmony their peaceful lives:
                   Croat, Serb, Bosnian neighbours, for years
                   helping each other through difficult times,
                   sharing joys and together shedding tears. 
 
                   Although their religions were different
                   they always offered neighbourly support; 
                   when children were born they were all content
                   to share happiness and help hold the fort.
 
                  Until Milošević began the war,
                  inciting unrest, making war extend,
                  Karađić commanded Serbian corps
                  to kill all Croat and Bosnian friends. 
                                    
                  At last peace reigns in the region once more
                  Let’s hope this means the true end of the war!            

Added: 16.03.2010

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