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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.

I a walking shadow
On the face of the meadow
Until I saw the blaze
That changed my days
Death in an instant
Imprinting its demeaning light on me
A savior disguised as serpent
Dripping its pee on me
And I looked up to face the monster
A dark cloud of mushroom
Stared down at me
It had destroyed Nagasaki
Bragging about its exploits in Hiroshima
And then I saw my brothers and sisters
Hipped like piles of rubbish
To thirst was to die
To see was to die
To just be was to die
To lie instate without a burial
And it turned to mock me
I am a samurai for peace
My sword is my mouth
And I say never again would this happen again
Because to agree is to pierce this monster
And destroy it once and for all

— Kolawole Adepoju Yinka


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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