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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.

Letters to the Departed

How peaceful and calm they float,
Those mini lantern boats.
Filled with letters from the hearts
To those who had departed.
A terrifying objected suddenly lands
And a hateful boom resounds.
Flames and sparks come after,
And the citizens run faster.
Like a scattered rainbow
Oh, how calmly they flow,
Each representing the souls 
That have been lost long ago.
The absolutely frightened minds 
Runs to the safest place they find.
Plunge! Into the boiling lake 
 Before realizing their mistake.
Lifeless limps remain afloat
No longer can cry, flee nor hope.
Entering the realm of the departed
Those departed.
Like the makers of the lanterns...
What can you do? Let your ideas run.
May the floating letters from the hearts
Reach those who had departed.

— Lin Xue


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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