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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.

When light is dark

we all fall down

descend, decay
burn and sear

hot blood
tissue elastic

in memories
age cannot cleanse
words cannot swallow
experience cannot pretend

crime reveals
the human hea/urt
studious, meticulous
in devastation

churning fetus
delicate chrysalis
rain forest, rain bows

for whom-

the new civilized?

— Neelima P


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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