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 Cry For Peace Your skin is coloured whislt mine is white But this is no reason why we must fight It doesn't matter about the colour of skin What is important, is what is within Your heart like mine, beats to give you life So why must we cause each other strife ? You have the same ideas within your head And when we bleed, do we not both bleed red ? God, Jehovah, Allah and others that have a name But have you considered they may be one and the same? Christian, Moslem, Gentile,Catholic or Hindi I respect your belief, but it doesn't matter to me Your conflicts and violence cause worries and fears And mothers and children shed all the tears War only brings chaos,misery and despair Can you honestly say that you do not care? To take another life is not so brave The guilt of which will not end in your grave When you stand before your God, as surely you must Nothing you say will make killing just So come take my hand, let me call you my friend Lay down your arms, let all the violence end Let me see the shine in your eyes, the smile on your face Stop hurting each other, and let us embrace
— Mrs. Juliet Leech
All Poems Submitted to the Contest