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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.

May Peace Arrive

The unidentified planes flew by,
The faint outline of an object was seen as it
Plummeted down to Earth at a speed very high.
An explosion occurred as everyone lost consciousness,
Black smoke covered the once blue sky,
The city smeared with red,
The bombing left the throats of many dry,
And the cries of the injured survivors were heard.

Many years after the bombing,
Hibakushas share their testimonies,
Telling stories while sobbing
Thinking back to their past hardships,
When their lives began darkening.
Living without siblings or parents
And wandering around for days starving,
These Hibakushas are now strong and brave.

May peace arrive,
They say.
May peace arrive,
We say.
May peace arrive,
So we can all be united and live in harmony
And work together to make the world a better place
For the all of us.

— Yeni Yi


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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