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.
MY SONG The sun don't rise no more Like it did on the eastern shore My brothers are at war They do no, no peace no more Papa hoist the white flag Put the red in bag it's a snug All this blood, my soul sag Where is uncle, family is a rug Wind don't smell fresh I can sniff it on the mesh It smells of human flesh Off my black skins dash The last leaf has fell Of the trees fate can't tell No seeds left on to till Mama assist I gather kernel Comrades look in window See bodies under willow Come help me billow I only smell war blow Help me find stillness Calm as the pot stillness Give me a sign of hopefulness Pass me a cigar smoking quietness Sing to my tune at the dune Sing to my song and hymn Sing to my flute and rhyme Sing to a song of harmony
— Oduor E. Oriko
All Poems Submitted to the Contest