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.
WHAT IF I CAN CHANGE THE WORLD What if I could rid the world of nuclear weapons? What if I could speak to a tree? What would I say? What if I’m sorry for not protecting you or freeing you of your burdens? What if I could appreciate buildings, parks and homes more? What if I could protect Mother Nature and help plants be healthier? What I could wonder about a world where being nice is normal and giving apples to the hungry and homeless is too. What if I recycled the entire environment? What if I could give people food and new homes? What if I’ll get a new job, some money and a new home? I would appreciate my life.
— Kyara Diaz
All Poems Submitted to the Contest