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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.


One explosion, a mass explosion,
sets uproars of thousands of people
for more than a year. 
Survivers grip onto their life,
as if thats the only thing they had. 
Arrving to somewhere 
where they only experience pain, 
from the explosion to the suguries. 
In their deep thoughts, in their darkest hours, 
they pray for their dispair to leave
to go back to the lives they once solemly had.
Forget what ever happened and continue to look out to the future.
Not to the back of time or to the horrible inccedent. 
Only time will tell when the pain will heal. 
Yet just how long will people suffer?
Lots have been resuced.
Not many.
From Hiroshima to United States. 
The bonds these two both share are as majestic as pure feelings.
From out we see only the damage of out physical apperance.
From within we are morbidly scared for the rest of our lives. 

— Jessica (Yanyi) Lam


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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