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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.

You’re here with me right now:

Waking up from the wreck outside
All you see in here is the glass, shattered
It hurts so much to see everyone gone but you
Every farm, homes, and buildings are trapped in the fire
Feeling hatred grow inside everyone around you...
There are so many people trapped, but you’re running away from them...
    until your last breath finally takes over
You see white flashes all over the place 
There are so many atomic bombs
You’re being taken to an air-raid center for safety 
You have no freedom
Not much food, no clean water
It’s crowded and stinky, and you need to keep quiet or they’ll notice you
You’re here with me now and you’re already seeing everything with me,
What would you wish for?

— Cindy Kwok


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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