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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.

War is something that you can define,

Though explaining,

And looking at another perspective,

Towards a person who had lived through the war,

Is difficult.


If the Japanese government knew what would result,

Would they send the kamikaze towards Pearl Harbor?


When someone says a nuclear bomb,

I imagine just an explosion.

No after effects,

Nor the depression that follows through,

Or the aftermath through generations.



But once you hear the tale of a survivor,

You realize how painful it was,

The emotional pain,

That seems to make the heart heavy,

For everything then seems glum.


I wish there were peace,

For I stared at a blank page,

Unsure on what I’m supposed to write,

Conflicting emotions,

For I tried imagining how it must have felt.


The survivors in Japan,

The hibakusha,

For what they had went through and felt,

Cannot be just written by paper.

I can’t imagine it,

Can you?

— Vanessa Gapa


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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