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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.

In remembrance of that fateful day, lest we forget
the pain, the suffering, history's deep regret.

They open their wounds, for us to feel
Windows of pain, into their memories, can we deal?

The normality of that day strikes in my heart
Each going about their daily business, playing their part

Countless souls,
Striving for their goals

Like humans everywhere
No better, no worse they fare

But then, their lives changed for ever 
Who can say this will not happen again , not, Never?

Will we learn? Have we learned, so far it does not seem so
Mankind's conquering mission is always on the go

On the surface, open wounds have healed
Our bodies renewing magical appeal

But the memories we must not let lie
Let them fester, scream and cry

Statesman, politicians, tyrants, we must not appease
not in my name they cry, 
those who have suffered, 
All theirs and our voices united, we scream for peace.

— Jane Smith Meme Ramapatel


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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