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.
"A Day of Despair" August 9, 1945: The day Japan was bombed Brought destruction and despair That would last some years long Children in school With no idea of what’s going on Lost and abandoned With their families gone People trapped in debris Some roaming the streets Looking for shelter Tripping over corpses’ feet A sea of fire, Where a city once used to be People’s skin scorched and tattered Moaning in agony People bewildered Confused why they were attacked Just wishing for peace- Wishing they had their families back Peace is needed So this world can progress; The violence needs to stop So people can finally rest
— Kuteara Jamison
All Poems Submitted to the Contest