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.
Understanding our empathy... Destructive chaos with two cultures compulsion Our world with scenes of preventable events. Guilty As the nation who shares the blame, a simple syllable Of forgiveness is not enough to restore the innocuous Pedestrians who took their final breath on the soil our Friends cherished. It more too seeing to devastating tragedies because living One is almost complicated to explain. Clouds of dusts, scattered Homes, shattered windows, broken souls, the list can escalate for Decades. But horrifying events happen ONCE. A plead for change only Becomes achievable through compassion & respect from our society. Realize that we pump the same molecules, have similar organs, & Breathe the common air. So why do we bring hatred in this world Of beautiful prosperity? Being supercilious only abolishes our ability To reconstruct the planet we all live on. Our true mission....is to accept Man-kind, develop the family of diversity & save the rocky land of Salvation. This task is only the beginning, but climbing the ladder of appreciation within Our world takes enormous amounts of dedication, strength, determination, Motivation & the power to obliterate judgment. We are... one species, we Are.... One union. So let’s rebuild the bond that we terribly losted years Ago. After all, Peace is the man who brings our citizens to unite as the Family of Brother & sisterhood.
— Jerome Howard
All Poems Submitted to the Contest