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.
They Were Blind Reading stories of the tragic event Imagining the sudden flash of light Dead bodies scattered everywhere you look Destroying everything in Nagasaki and Hiroshima within minutes Leaving everyone hopeless with fear Along with a scar in their hearts Leaving me with many thoughts and questions Asking why How could they Didn’t they care? Care about the innocent children surviving But facing death days later About the families that were separated by death Why couldn’t they see how wrong it was? Who did they think they were? To take over lives without giving them a chance A chance to say their goodbyes To families and friends A chance to breathe peacefully for the last time Chance to think about their lives To think about their past, present and what was to come But no chance was given Only the gift of destruction They weren’t thinking They were blind
— Sumaia Rahman
All Poems Submitted to the Contest