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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.


One fateful day,


I was a child of eight

Learning to curl quick, hiding

In an air-raid tent


Eyes and mouth covered, I felt safe



That day I metamorphosed as only the weather could


Like barbed wire,

My childhood spread taut beneath a

Frightening sky. Numb,


My body disappeared amidst pain

Beyond the blisters and my tattered skin-cloth

I felt my spirit tread by the tracks of oblivion


I could die a thousand deaths

That day


I could become one with the Urakami River

In stillness could I see

The young boys running home to safety

Losing way, in mankind’s fatal blow.

— Prerana Choudhury


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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