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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.


Why does this always happen,
that innocent people die?
One example is the atomic bombing
The day those planes passed by

August 6, 1945 was a normal morning,
a day that soon filled with hate
Hate for the day and the war
And people cursing at their unfortunate fate

The atomic bombing was an intense flash,
the climate getting hotter.
The people who survived desperately
could only ask for water

They had done nothing wrong
This was not fair
Many lives were lost that day,
from babies to humans with white hair

And those who survived
to this very day
want peace in this world
no matter what anyone would say

These survivors called hibakusha
who lived through that moment
think that it was better to die
than to live a life full of torment

They lost their families and friends
practically their own life as well
They know the pain of losing someone
and how every second becomes hell

Hibakusha just want peace
so no one will feel what they felt
What happened to Hibakusha was disastrous
They don't want to see your hearts melt

The cause of this is war
If you think about it, it is actually sad
The world barely has any peace
The thought of it makes many people mad

Peace, Peace, Peace
its not that hard to understand
People should know to have peace
because overall, this is our land

Peace, Peace , Peace
is really beautiful when you think about it
The world would be a better place
Slowly, and bit by bit

— Dhervi Kapoor


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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