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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.

Katsuji Yoshida

What a calamity!
Which has affected humanity
Far and wide
here and there

the air was dusty

and never clear

a rice patty field I was thrown

soon enough I heard thousands of groans

man or woman it was not clear

but still they had to bear

from the hillside

to the mountains where people abided

the pure and sparkling river

filled with bloodied corpses that quivered

strong poison arose in the air

do you think this was fair?

to see such bodies perish

loved ones whom I cherished

never ever should this occur again

this has brought too much pain, my friend

— Anil Parbhudial


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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