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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.

    Cries for Hikabusha

I wish I was there,
to stop the bomb,
to warn Japan,
of the upcoming harm.
No one can ever imagine the ache,
as the bomb claimed people's lives to take
As their world was overturned,
Poor little children,
Blackened and burned.
There were no answers,
no explanation,
Families demolished by radiation.
No one even had a moment,
families gone in a blink.
No time to plan, react, or even think.
That one second,
that one step,
who knew for many,
it'd be their last breath.
Returning home to a house that no longer exists.
Can you hear the cries,
of those who were hit?
at the memorial picture all the candles that were lit
The memory would forever live on,
so many lost, so many people gone.
So much suffering, in just a matter of seconds,
That weapon.
Enough condolences couldn't be cried,
for the bomb that came and took so many lives.
For all the husbands and all the wives,
who held each other throughout that sorrowful night.
All we can do now is wish all affected Peace of mind,
Because what was done to them was an unthinkable crime,
We wish them all the joy and happiness they can find
and pray that their wounds may be healed over time.

— Chéna Benson


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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