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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.

Sonnet for Peace

With the power to destroy in a breath,
can we not hear the voices of reason;
listen to memories darkened by death,
and reignite humanities season.
From the cities crushed by new inventions,
were born the cries for an era of peace;
from the dust that has choked generations,
we must create a world where wars will cease.
We look to the past for inspiration,
the words of the Hibakusha our script;
their stories must act to light our passion,
never to fade like a fleeting eclipse.
Should our world suffer our stubbornness,
why not gift it our infinite brightness?

— Mark Odea


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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