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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.

Our Peace

I know why
they did what they did.
The Americans.
They wanted redemption,
revenge for their loved ones.
Their families,
their friends.
But that atomic bomb
was just too much.
Even if they had sent troops
there would have been
much less devastation.
Less fear.
More hope.
Less destruction.
More lives
filled with
More happiness.
Less torment.
More dreams.

I know why it
caused such great damage
and wreaked havoc among the Japanese.
But they went past the damage
of the tragedy
that was Pearl Harbor.
So whereâs the hope and love now?

So now where are the lives
of the people who died?
They were thrown out
by the force of the bomb.

So now where are the memories
of the people who died?
Etched into our minds
by the chisel of violent force.

So now where is the hope
that tomorrow will be a new day?
A peaceful wave after
the chaos came in.
And it lies there,
waiting to be held and greeted.

So now where is the peace?

Only here in our hands.
With a new future.
With hope.
With love.
With care.

With us.

— Natalia Ayres


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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