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.
It's quiet, this silence can kill There is people moving around Yet time is standing still BANG my world is upside down If you hold your breath You might just hear The sound in my peoples chest That sketchy beat of fear I must escape this tragedy I can't see through my tears It must be good to be Anywhere but here Take me to a safe place There isn't one for miles To think that only yesterday I was all smiles A river full of lifeless bodies A river full of hopes and dreams All their unheard stories Will we ever know what they mean? Will they ever find a voice? We Are their voice We are their hope We are their light at the end of the tunnel Only WE can raise awareness Its in our hands WE ARE PEACE
— Jennylee Ramos
All Poems Submitted to the Contest