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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.

I found myself crying,
terrified to die.
I knew I could survive,
if I ran for my life.
But it was hard to find protection,
where protection was nowhere to be found.
As dead bodies, and corpses, fell to the ground,
I felt my body bleeding,
the blood gushing out,
as my head started pounding, from all the screams and shouts.
I rushed to the school, and I ran back home,
only to realize that I was now alone.
But what was the point of living,
if it means living alone?
So I ran into the burning flames of the fire,
remembering all that was known.

— Simran Singh


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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