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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.

I Thought It was the Apocalypse

The apocalypse in the black egg,
Fell from the aircraft
And I could hear
The faint explosion as the airplane zoomed away
And I could see
As I turned back
The overwhelming orange cloud, followed with white fumes
Choked the city, drowned the sky
And I could smell
The smoke suffocating my passageways
And I could taste
The sharpness of my parched throat
And I could feel
My eyes burning with tears, the drops rolling down
Onto my shaking hands, fingers interlocked with one another as I prayed.

— Annika Joeng


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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