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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.

A Terrible Day

The day had just begun
The lives had just awaken with no sense of death 
then the unthinkable ----War
a flash was suddenly seen 
and a blast was heard
eyes could not be seen 
 light was hidden 
only the hibakusha were saved
the only souls that were destroyed to see their new reality
the angel of death was still roaming the air 
and still today that angel is still roaming

— Diana Rodriguez


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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