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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.

All I saw was dead bodies and smoke

Seeing this all made me want to choke

As I remember, it was a beautiful day

Now my heart is full of pain and dismay

My heart is shattered and my eyes are teary

I wasn’t able to find my family

I look back at my house, and sob some more

Remembering all the memories

Sometimes it’s hard to control this heart

This all happened just way too fast

After all, it was a big blast.

All I could see was pitch black

I felt like my heart was being attacked

I prayed for the safety for all

And then I thought to myself

War is horrible

War takes lives

War is not peace

War is wrong

— Kamaljot Kaur


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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