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.
Sunrise Out of the ashes is born a new dawn And each step leads somewhere we've never been before See it rising? On the horizon? A golden promise that everyone's slate is clean Was it honest? That Promise? Was it all just to please the crowds? Where is it now? Stowed away in your pockets like everything else Everyone, prepare to soar! There'll be no hardship anymore! Cry out like the eagles in the sky, Send your cheers up high, Celebrate the nation's sunrise! Celebrate the nation's sunrise! Invite us all with arms wide open Welcoming as vulture's wings Can you see it? I can feel it, This is not how it's meant to be. It's not your smile Or your self-denial It's the way your hands are behind your back Like you need to cross your fingers Like you need to break the deal. Everyone, prepare to soar! There'll be no hardship anymore! Cry out like the eagles in the sky, Send your cheers up high, Daemons in disguise... Celebrate the nation's sunrise.
— Tristan Michael de Robillard
All Poems Submitted to the Contest