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.
The Queens Speech In times to come, woes in sight In shadows past no vision of light When darkness swallows and belches pity The nitty gritty of pretty merry, I admire Shall become more of a fairy prayer The sounding of war drums, follow rushing of waves Inter-fusion of whaling voices, butchered at sea in pieces Bewilderment of supplications gone awry An obligation of mercy to show and behold, made void To stem oozing pain from sighs at moonlight, made void And moanings from sides torn from buffets Left to starve on the door step of war drums Meet me at the place where fear thrives Where tears cry and whales moan of shallow waters Where uncertainty is surety, death is a luxury At the place where happiness has no face And destitute, grips like a fever pitch Then talk to me about misfortune, you lucky bustard When Good Men Go To War When good men go to war, And the blue sky of paradise, Turns grey with looming fright When politics ask good men to pick up arms And they say it is for good reason honest This is a fight for our way of life Our freedom, this is for justice For our right our honour Our democracy, right to bare arms When mothers hug their sons And send them off to the battle field Fearing the dreaded uniformed knock We lost one, to the rose cottage Less one from deploring parade One less on the journey home, empty seats When good men go to war, And death becomes of innocence Expect not the same man, to come back home
— Kodjo Deynoo
All Poems Submitted to the Contest