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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 the Time Comes

When the time comes
That we think back and ponder,
Would we see our mistakes
And hold our heart out in wonder?

When the time comes,
Would we look at and see
The destruction we’re capable of
And the destruction we’ve caused already?

As humans we make mistakes.
As monsters we don’t know
What mistakes are.
So is it true that we reap what we sow?

Innocents can die
And many more can suffer.
But when will the time come,
That we have sincere remorse to offer?

What happened in 1945
Left many horrified and numb
But I guess apathy is prevalent
Until the time comes.

— Zulikha Roberts


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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