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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.


To my sibling encapsulated in the Hiroshima shriek,
I write this conciliatory and peace-promoting verse.
Tears turned rivers, body and soul struck weak
When Nature breathed out mighty atomic stress.
I know your memory is a reservoir of the 1945 blast
Yet we must make peace come, and come to last.
A world built on the rock of love and peace
Is a thing we can achieve with resounding ease--
If world leaders swallow their greed
And past villains apologize for their misdeed, 
If my Hiroshima sibling is given a hope of peace
That that war-trodden spirit be renewed to bliss,
An El Dorado we shall all at last see
For we would have disagreed to agree. 

— Bolaji St.Ramos


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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