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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.

How can I forget?

How can I forget
That exploding sound
Which stole my family from me
Leaving me, with no one around?

How can I forget
Looking into mother's eyes?
Desperately, she called for my help
Hopelessly, I watched her die

How can I forget
The burnt bodies on the floor?
Whether my family was amongst them
Even today, I am unsure

How can I forget
Those piercing screams
Which haunt me daily
When appearing in my dreams?

How can I forget
How some are so unkind?
Peace on Earth is something
We urgently need to find

— Hashela Kumarawansa


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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