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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.

Still Remains
The drop of the bomb
Caused many to suffer.
Blood became rivers
Of children, adults and elderly.

This very day
August 6, 1945
Terror shook the ground,
As wave of death washed over Japan.

The true face of the bomb, unknown,
Till thousands of bodies,
Killed and burned
Was buried under ash and buildings.

Families and friends,
All taken away
Craved deep wounds within each living soul
That cannot be treated.

The guilt,
Of watching love ones withstand the pain
Will never be erased.
It remains,
Haunting ones alive every day.

One alive yearns for one dead
For death is justified
By only one statement,
"It saved American lives"

It saved American lives
But what about the others?
Innocent citizens of Japan
Their lives, no less than ours.

Survivors today,
Wants only peace
For their family
Their children, their grandchildren.
Though the story remains,
Passed down
As if it warns
The threats of war

The dead were respected by people today,
Who left the world
With nothing but pain and hatred
Of the reddish black Earth
That was once their home

Americans marched along
With Hibakushas, survivor of the bombing
For all, who had suffered.

For we, Americans
Had been through the same.
The day of 9/11
The great lost,
Of family, friend, fire-fighter and police
People who given their lives
In trade of our own.

All lessons had been learned,
Will never be forgotten
The atomic bomb
Will never be used again
For only,
It will be for show of power,
Of confident, of control
And peace in the world!

— Janet Zheng


All Poems Submitted to the Contest


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