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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.


Beautiful crystal
Soaked in worn wheels
How is it your land smiles?
No more than long gone Hiroshima
Your name still lingers at the tip of your lip
It gazes back into a magician’s top hat
Nothing seems ready for departure
Hungry landmines feast from naked carcass
Exhaling black soot from iron lungs
Let us all fall into the sky together
Before we bury our now sacred soul
Our words mean nothing
Only blank noise.

She weeps
Poor jungo
Her family ash can’t be separated
From charred wood and baked brick
Soot blackened windshields
Pride themselves sole survivors
Don’t mind that one armed limping beneficiary...
He left on his own free will
"Come and join us for dinner
Not to worry
I’d carve out plates from fallen bobcats
Look how clean we are
We bath and drink from that standing fountain
What has little Gregory revealed?
Mother its easier removing soot from outside our skin
What would happen to our inside?

— Chinedu Jonathan Ichu


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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