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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.

They Were Blind

Reading stories of the tragic event
Imagining the sudden flash of light
Dead bodies scattered everywhere you look
Destroying everything in Nagasaki and Hiroshima within minutes
Leaving everyone hopeless with fear
Along with a scar in their hearts
Leaving me with many thoughts and questions
Asking why
How could they
Didn’t they care?
Care about the innocent children surviving
 But facing death days later
About the families that were separated by death
Why couldn’t they see how wrong it was?
Who did they think they were?
To take over lives without giving them a chance
A chance to say their goodbyes
To families and friends
A chance to breathe peacefully for the last time
Chance to think about their lives
To think about their past, present and what was to come
But no chance was given
Only the gift of destruction
They weren’t thinking 
They were blind


— Sumaia Rahman
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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