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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.

THE COMMON THREAD: from Hiroshima to Fallujah

How the war would end, had long been determined,
The door to negotiations was, however, shut.
Then brought the brave little captain
conscientious, objective and independent
on the sixth day of August, in the year 1945
highly praised, proud and determined,
the surprised people in Hiroshima
a horrific package from America.
And full of tenderness he named it
the "Little Boy"; how gruesome.
Three days later the "Fat Man" hit,
and now the slate was supposedly clean.

But then the horror continued;
the generals and the weapon makers felt even more revived
with "Agent Orange", "Whisky Pete", and Depleted Uranium
in Vietnam, Fallujah and in the Balkans.

And, cowardly, once again we are watching

as the next cemetery is built in Libya.
— Afsane Bahar
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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