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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.

Surprise Farewells

The day of panic and chaos

Running all over looking for him or her

The mushroom rises up into the sky

The invisible rays spread and chase each other

A few days later, our farewells are said painfully

The tears come streaming down our faces

Mourn and cries fill the air

The day of panic and chaos has ruined our family

A couple years later, we walk in memory of our family members

We visit their graves and cry once again

We walk from Hiroshima to Nagasaki in remembrance of our family members

It is all over now, but we won't forget you


— Helen Lin


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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