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.
Our Peace I know why they did what they did. The Americans. They wanted redemption, revenge for their loved ones. Their families, their friends. But that atomic bomb was just too much. Even if they had sent troops there would have been much less devastation. Less fear. More hope. Less destruction. More lives filled with More happiness. Less torment. More dreams. I know why it caused such great damage and wreaked havoc among the Japanese. But they went past the damage of the tragedy that was Pearl Harbor. So whereâs the hope and love now? So now where are the lives of the people who died? They were thrown out by the force of the bomb. So now where are the memories of the people who died? Etched into our minds by the chisel of violent force. So now where is the hope that tomorrow will be a new day? A peaceful wave after the chaos came in. And it lies there, waiting to be held and greeted. So now where is the peace? Only here in our hands. With a new future. With hope. With love. With care. With us.
— Natalia Ayres
All Poems Submitted to the Contest