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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.


Monday, August 6, 1945 5:30 in the morning just waking up,
had to go to work at the Mitsubishi Weapons Factory. 
It seemed like a regular day, like any other day.
Around 11:02, that’s when everything went bad.
It’s been like I had just blinked my eyes and everything had changed, 
  it went from a regular day to a dark and the day of death.
When I had gone outside all I saw was fire, black, and all dead bodies.
I had ran for my life home to see if my family was alive.
I had reached there and all I saw were dead bodies, 
  I had lost everyone, everything and knew other had to.
I was devastated to see how the bodies were treated. 
  I had fallen to my knees so many times crying.
I just couldn’t see this anymore, and then a couple of days 
  had past away because of radiation. 
I had written this from the beyond to express how I felt.

— Catherine Lora


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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