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.
Weapons of mass destruction What do you need that for, man? You used to fight with nothing But a single gun in your hand With a shield on your breast, You were ready to defeat Your pride and your will Was as solid as concrete But as time went on you started to advance Bombs came to be, but take a second glance Nagasaki, Pearle Harbor, left few to survive Hiroshima and Oklahoma in 1995 The Declaration of Independence says equal is man But the world as a whole should benefit from this plan The world was made a unit; all depending on another But how can this work, when we have to fear a brother? A bomb should not be the main cause of distrust Getting rid of these weapons, in short, is a must We all fear war and we know one is brewing Only one single bomb could be our undoing Chemical material harnessed into a killing device Does that sound helpful? Man should think twice How can peace be achieved through the death so many? And what about those who can't spare a penny? Many nations can't afford the weapons we own Do we just sit back and listen to them moan? These nations are our brothers, created the same as we And yet we hold all the power because of simple excess money Disarming these countries could cause much dispute But imagine what would happen if these weapons were to shoot It's the simple idea of losing a little to save so much These weapons we must free from powerful men's clutch So I address the world and ask you throw away your pride Toss out your ill will and put these weapons aside If we have problems, we can settle them with a plan We're all in it as one, from America to Japan Forget the future, and forget the past Because I am fifteen, and I want this world to last.
— Julia Kitell
All Poems Submitted to the Contest