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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.


WA... HARMONY AND PEACE

We'd forget the living for a moment if we could but imagine ourselves among the dead and dying.

Forget Setsuko Nosaka and the dead of Kobe, Japan.

Yes! Forget them and remember the living!

For the consecrated dead, for the mounds of unclaimed bone let us forever consider the living!

Remember... Remember... Remember... the multi-colored rainbow of Hiroshima's breathing humanity.

Remember... Remember... Remember... the hue of laughter among the living of Nagasaki.

Remember... Remember... Remember... the short and steep living rivers turned sacred drains to 
   wash over dead tombs.

Remember... Kyouko Minami and the dead of Okinawa.

Remember... the breathing freshwater fauna and flora.

Remember... Remember... Remember... The Mother...

Remember... Remember... Remember... If we the living forget what's happened, forget 
  what we've done and can do,
  then we're of no use to creation while we live. No use at all! Not even one last gasping iota!

Remember... Remember... Remember... Yes! Again while we live!
Remember... Remember... Remember... Kamo, the river- the living inspiration of haiku poets and painters.

Remember... Remember... Remember... Shinano, the longest river.

Remember... Remember... Remember... the untouched banks of the Go River.

Remember... Remember... Remember... Osaka Bay blistered into ash.

Remember... Remember... Remember... Mount Fuji, Mount Kita, Yari and Ontaké.

Remember... Remember... Remember... Japan's love, laughter, tears, struggle, life, 
  her children, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters.

Remember... the Kimona, the Hakama, the Yukata.

Remember... Paper Lanterns, Russet Leaves and Cherry Blossoms.

Remember... Remember... Remember... Emiko Yamanaka and the dead of Nagasaki.

For the consecrated dead let us remember the living.
For the consecrated dead let us remember the living.
For the consecrated dead let us remember the living.
For the consecrated dead let us remember ...the living.

Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember the living.
Remember. Remember. Remember...



— Mark Prime
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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