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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.


HIBAKUSHA Song

The song
we have taught
our children:
bigger is better
the messier
the better
many body bags
wonderful
The song
we have taught
our children:
kill your enemy
and make him
suffer
the one
with the
bigger gun
is the true man
The song
we have taught
our children:
reinforce the armories
make them bigger
dig for uranium
build big, explosive things
and decimate
your enemies
Yes, that song
we have taught
our children
for many centuries
We need to unteach them


— Mgcini Nyoni
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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