Paper Cranes

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 paper crane rests slanted
 on a shard of broken glass

near an abandoned house

and a forest of worn trees

weathered and slightly crumpled

the crane endures another storm

the rain weeps for the shattered dreams

the wind howls over the lost and the forgotten

but the delicate crane remains

resilient, resilient, hopeful

that the red sun will rise again

and enlighten the darkened land.

— Judy Wang


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


Paper Cranes