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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.

Nuclear the Evil Force

Those who were wiped out from the earth scene instantly
Due to the dropping of atom bombs wantonly
Had their sufferings mitigated by God's bounty
Even before they guessed it at Hiroshima and Nagasaki,
Trailed by Nibakusha who carried their maimed existence
Or carry on still the poisonous human munificence.
The evil of nuclear fission continued as predator
To kill its victims at Chernobyl and Fukushima reactor.

The nuclear plant for any sane use like power generation
Innocently proliferates as a prelude to further destruction
Of our age old civilization; it is an enigma
The irony of our fate, the result of our megalomaniac Karma
But Karma may be uplifted by the human wisdom
To defeat the evils of life, keep high the flag of freedom.

— Aju Mukhopadhyay


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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