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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.


It’s like a beast watching your every move
Everything‘s gone
Everything from your life; withdrawn
With all that there’s left there’s nothing to remove
Just because of Pearl Harbor we had to countermove
All your emotions are locked up in cages waiting to break out like cons
Your eyes create a pool of tears and on your cheeks they fall upon
Everything’s such a long, rough road that nothing can make it smooth
That big silhouette, the atomic bomb, is a dictator who controls c
Isolated in the middle of everything; the center of attention
Let you have wings to fly free above all this smoke
As for all the lives that were taken let them live in our hearts as souls
Your family member’s names hurt too much to mention
Barricaded in a nightmare wishing you awoke

— Jaylene Delgado


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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