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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.

Explosion Affected Reflection

Blasted into a wasteland,
behind an old torn photo
Father silently weeps
for what were once his people 
their voices and love forsaken
while Mother has grown old
torn in recollection with grief 
her children’s young kisses
still innocent upon her cheek;
memorizing, unborn babies
hear exploding bombs
as yet she stares, despondent,
out the broken window,
in remembrance for peace.

— Helle van Aardeberg


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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