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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 Walking Dead

To listen and see is an obvious difference 
from witnessing and experience; however, 
to endure such pain from the mind and body
Is no different than walking dead

Imagining the Hibakusha’s suffering 
Is just unbearable and unreal
Yet the of children crying and relatives calling
Is as real as the sight of families
dying and watching your surroundings become painted with
Red stainless blood once belonging to friends and neighbors

And while the skies set dark the only light that 
Is left is the fire, devouring what remained.
A nightmare overflowed.
The innocent still run and hide
Behind the fog, hovering, leaving them
To utter loneliness and uselessness
A life with no purpose is walking

Why must we go on and cause much destruction
Obliterating the innocent
When everything that was ever loved has burned and hurt?
Why aren’t we mournful of our actions
Causing pain and damage to the innocent?
Why cant we live in a world where that one light,
Outshines the dark making it bearable 
To accomplish overlooking the brutal hardships
Of our world?

A world where....
A smile towards each other  wouldn’t feel so oppressive or forced;
We can join together and use the experience of our past 
To create a glistening future,
A world where peace is not impossible.

— Yasmine Haddad


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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