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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.

Mt. Inasa Sky
"I spent the night at the foot of Mt. Inasa, 
      staring off at the blazing night sky." Iwao Osaki

Atrocity: the word rings hollow
in the rubble ruins that remained
in resounding silence, with
blinding light and blazing fire
in the skeleton of the city.

There is no word for what happened,
for any word that could mean more
than Nagasaki or Hiroshima would be
a word-bomb to vaporize history,
incinerate all other weapons,
and annihilate hate in silent light
and flares of hope in the sky
over Mt. Inasa;
a word-bomb to flatten the lies
of justification and rationalization,
and fill with truth-light Inasa's sky;
a word-bomb with a payload
of cherry blossoms and origami cranes
that would settle on the outstretched hand
of a meditating statue, like blessings.

— Brendan Ward


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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