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 Nuclear Bombing In Japan A beautiful day starting,happily going on with life, When all of a sudden air-raid alarms, At first confused but still scared, My heart racing as fast as a horse could run, I walk along following my family to the shelter to safety, I run along worrying about my surroundings, I see in the sky planes flying across, Scared yet surprised, I realize this is serious On the way to the shelter, My friend is with me, In the sky we see something coming down,a nuclear bomb, Coming toward the ground it finally drops, It drops as quiet as a mouse, I feel no pain but I can see darkness, I canât see anything at all, My body is stone I canât move, Helpless I find a way to my family, Did I make it through this bombing? I did but still today I am injured badly
— Ardi Kapeshnica
All Poems Submitted to the Contest