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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.



He was a shy butterfly...

Lover of life.

One day when he was trying to fly

a bomb has fallen into his heart.


It was a good idea to live with the bomb in his heart,

without hurting anyone...

But he had just twenty four hours.

He flied in a long distance,

for not killing some other hearts with the explosion.


Found himself in a dark grey sky.


His heart is gone.

Now he is flying more high...


Fly shy butterfly, fly.

Without your heart you can’t be shy...

— Baris Kiralioglu


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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