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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 Birth of a Samurai of peace

I, a walking shadow
On the face of the meadow
Until I saw the blaze
That changed my days

Death in an instant
Imprinting its demeaning light on me
A savior disguised as a serpent
Dripping its pee on me

As I looked up to face this monster
A dark cloud of mushroom
Stared down at me
It had destroyed Nagasaki
Bragging about its exploits in Hiroshima
And then I saw my brothers and sisters
Hipped like piles of rubbish,
To thirst was to die
To see was to die
To just be was to die
To lie instate without a burial
And it turned to mock me

I am a samurai for peace
My sword is my mouth
And I say never again would this happen
Because to agree is to pierce this monster
And destroy it once and for all
for this is my way of the samurai
to uphold peace.

— Kolawole Adepoju


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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