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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.

Hibakusha, no more thoughts on war

Our differences do matter, but our
common humanity matters more.
What scores of sacred scriptures could not,
can't be brought in by a verse either;
nor there is any need for a miracle.
If we could turn our eyes within us,
we can see peace lay bound with fetters
of ignorance from time immemorial.
Alas, when will we learn to stop
building monuments of our evil deeds?
Not God, but we are the saviours
of humanity, provided we set free
the peace from within each of us and transform 
this world into a heaven of human beings.

— SK Iyer


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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