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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.

A GIRL FROM HIROSHIMA

The streets were full of wild flowers. 
A kite made small movements in the air.
In the garden, a butterfly had just kissed a rose.  
A cobweb danced in the air with a dead spider.

Than a flash of light; Tommy's leg was in the air, Father never returned.
Mother never woke, my sister became blind. Flames poured over me. 
I survived, looking at the bodies floating on Ota river. 
The dead left shadows on walls and nightmares that followed me for years.

I have never grown since that day; When Hiroshima had turned into a furnace,
Birds had fallen like stone. When I see wild flowers, 
    faces of those children come with a force.
I feel my father at bend of the road, Sister returning from school.
The garden full of flowers again, like that year when butterflies came so close,

I still feel like that child again
 whom they wanted to kill.


— Nabin Kumar Chhetri
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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