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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.

Pure Killer

Who do you think you are?
A great killer! 
The best in the world.
How do you sleep at night?
Fine, I bet.
It’s all a game to you.
People’s lives are a game piece in your hand.
Waiting and wondering what will happen next, to them.

Now what about the lives?
 They were impacted hard!
What will you do?
Nothing. I thought so.
You’re not superior, perfect, or even pure.
How will you suffer?
Lie and say you care. That’s it,
Am I right?

But, how about the innocent lives?
They perished at the sight of your attack.
Not only physical injuries.
But, mental ones too. 
Suicide was the answer for most Hibakusha.
They shattered  at the scene of loved ones burned.

However, was it really necessary to let go of the atomic bomb?
Alternatively, was it used to test your new killing machine?
Of course lies were made to cover it up.
You did it show the world what power you had.
For people to be scared.
And you succeeded in that.

But now the lives that suffered,
Let them rest in peace. 
Never attempt to do it again.
We will never forget. 
The lives the world lost because of your attack.
What it caused?
And how many people suffered


— Sakib Safi
 

 


All Poems Submitted to the Contest

 

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