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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.

"Broken Souls"

I still remember the planes sailing over us
Like an eagle hovering over his prey
Dropping small parachuted boxes

And when the boxes touch the floor
They would detonate on impact
As the darkness engulfed us

We would be running to the air-raid base
Terrified watching corpses pile up
In our helplessness, our neighbor’s blood gushing out of his forehead

I still remember that day 
When my siblings were no more
And I will never forget that time
When I was so vulnerable

My thoughts haunting me for eternity
There to stay, forever to remain
No longer fighting wars
Having to suffer with my broken soul 

The feud has gone on far too long
Maybe its time 
To end the war of all wars

Maybe peace and forgiveness can replace
And all the hatred can be erased
Children can’t deal with this mess
All this anger is causing a mess

Stop acting like children and be your own age
Why fight for things that can be replaced?
If it’s oil you want, then have it all
If it’s power you want, then have it all

At the end of the day, if you don’t have love
Is wealth really worth that much?

Think of the children, orphaned at the age of 5
All the things they had to sacrifice
They’d rather die than live to suffer
Because they’d have to live with broken souls

— Mohsin Sarwar


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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