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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 Bombing"

August 6th 1945 was not a pretty day,
The whole world heard the news and was shaken,
It was such a bad decision to be made,
So many innocent people’s lives were taken.
This all happened to end a war,
To stop all the fighting and killing,
But these bombs took many more,
I hope nobody found this thrilling.
Two cities were gone in a flash,
What we did was way beyond wrong,
I feel like we treated them like trash,
But I’m glad Japan still stayed strong.
We can never make up for what we did.
But sometimes I feel like the world acts like little kids.

— Reon Chang


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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