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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.

The arms can force us
To give up any gladness
We never know our futures
That’s decided by politics
But we all nevertheless
Should surely not dismiss
How precious a piece 
Of happiness is
I hope that piles 
Of trivial happiness
Gives our minds the peace 
And then our peaceful minds 
Give the world the peace

— Naosuke Mukoyama


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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