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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.


A flash of light
that would forever
the lives of Yoshi
and an 
unrecognized angel.
A survivor and 
a victim 
of the atomic bomb.
The angel jumped 
for her life.  
which would last
ten more days.
Yoshi lives on.
She survives
war and rage
only to be left
a victim of 
haunting memories
on that August day.
with quiet grace
gives her 
sister a name. 
The unrecognized angel
will finally 
be recognized
as a victim of war.
The angel survives.
Within the heart of her sister.
As Yoshi remembers
she gives
LIFE to the 
unrecognized angel.
Yoshi and the angel 
are interchangeable 
as survivor and victim.
— Nancy Hamill




All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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