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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.

The Heroes of WWII

It was a war that changed lives
It was the fault major things, minor things
It is a war that contained the worst of human advancement
The A-bomb
And when the Hiroshima and Nagasaki stood in its way,
It was to end the war, they say,
and Little boy and Fat man did so

The Earth shook
The rain turned black
A deep silence of burning followed.
Blackness swallowing the people
leaving scars both on the inside and out

But those who survived, lived on, lived to see the next day, the future,
continued their lives, but despised war for tarnishing their lives.
Those Hibakusha, united by their past and a new dream,
Forged friendship, allies, comrades into stopping a new war,
and the use of mankind’s horrid weapon
They hope to preserve the world in which we should all love,
so that one may never experience war again.

— Ian Sun


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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