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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.

Weapons of mass destruction
What do you need that for, man?
You used to fight with nothing
But a single gun in your hand
With a shield on your breast,
You were ready to defeat
Your pride and your will
Was as solid as concrete
But as time went on you started to advance
Bombs came to be, but take a second glance
Nagasaki, Pearle Harbor, left few to survive
Hiroshima and Oklahoma in 1995
The Declaration of Independence says equal is man
But the world as a whole should benefit from this plan
The world was made a unit; all depending on another
But how can this work, when we have to fear a brother?
A bomb should not be the main cause of distrust
Getting rid of these weapons, in short, is a must
We all fear war and we know one is brewing
Only one single bomb could be our undoing
Chemical material harnessed into a killing device
Does that sound helpful? Man should think twice
How can peace be achieved through the death so many?
And what about those who can't spare a penny?
Many nations can't afford the weapons we own
Do we just sit back and listen to them moan?
These nations are our brothers, created the same as we
And yet we hold all the power because of simple excess money
Disarming these countries could cause much dispute
But imagine what would happen if these weapons were to shoot
It's the simple idea of losing a little to save so much
These weapons we must free from powerful men's clutch
So I address the world and ask you throw away your pride
Toss out your ill will and put these weapons aside
If we have problems, we can settle them with a plan
We're all in it as one, from America to Japan
Forget the future, and forget the past
 Because I am fifteen, and I want this world to last.

— Julia Kitell


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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