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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.

"Shattered Once"

One thousand nine hundred and forty five,
a thousand cranes came to pass
Their hope to survive the south east skies
Alas, were completely abashed.
Bombs came roaring overhead, warfares were highways
and a thousand cranes came to pass.
Tragedy once embodied history.
Black rain once sprung aloft innocence
And noises directed skywards.
Until they clogged and pervaded
The thousand cranes that wouldn't come to pass.
A hundred and forty thousand, lost
And six billion to hope once again
Six billion to see the kaleidoscopic cranes
Six billion hearts to view the vivid rising sun

The mirror,
'Twas a map to peace
A puzzle solved
six billion to pray
six billion to hope
Six billion paper cranes outlived and came flying about.

— Saiya Dumaran


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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