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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 Haunting of a Little Boy and a Fat Man


We look back to the day

When the black rain came down

And the heat scorched

The day

 When a massive smoke cloud of despair

produced phantoms

That enveloped the people

Who would be followed by their haunting

For the remainder of their miserable lives

Plagued by the ghosts of the Little Boy

And the Fat Man

That took the lives

Of mothers

Fathers

Brothers

And sisters

Scarring the survivors of their wrath

As we look back today

We wonder

How causing so much pain

Led to the end

Of the conflict


— Lea Ormandy
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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