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 PLACE FOR GOD The search for god to stay A place of choice to find From glorious hilltop heights Unto fresh air of forests Where there be no boundary Only barricades of cacti form To stop petals that be blown Laced with some poisonous pollen Where liberty flows free In meandering brooks of fear forgotten To sequin careless nights that be In cascades of bohemian fashion Where phantoms do not scare And thoughts seldom torment Those haunting memories In twitches of unnecessary repentance Where lanterns of love light Flickering flames of serendipity And fragrance of flower fill Domains of those vacuous diversity Where time stops awhile Besotted by a new world order beholden For pleasure epicurean it may Mummify memories golden To tantalize death where It juggle up a seeming cemetery For epitaph of mind really It engrave one timeless history... REMEMBERING THOSE FALLEN LEAVES Turn o'er a new leaf From fragments To pull on anew A road of fresh breath Sneaky sounds rustle past Bid somber adieu a wave last With a voyage long carried Whither gone the wind Can not get them Again with us Try as we may The lost luster Branches to bear Aflutter o'er fallen leaves Spring to roll Life in between While they sleep In their restful silence They made sure We remember...
— Lokesh Roy
All Poems Submitted to the Contest