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.
"Broken Souls" I still remember the planes sailing over us Like an eagle hovering over his prey Dropping small parachuted boxes And when the boxes touch the floor They would detonate on impact As the darkness engulfed us We would be running to the air-raid base Terrified watching corpses pile up In our helplessness, our neighbor’s blood gushing out of his forehead I still remember that day When my siblings were no more And I will never forget that time When I was so vulnerable My thoughts haunting me for eternity There to stay, forever to remain No longer fighting wars Having to suffer with my broken soul The feud has gone on far too long Maybe its time To end the war of all wars Maybe peace and forgiveness can replace And all the hatred can be erased Children can’t deal with this mess All this anger is causing a mess Stop acting like children and be your own age Why fight for things that can be replaced? If it’s oil you want, then have it all If it’s power you want, then have it all At the end of the day, if you don’t have love Is wealth really worth that much? Think of the children, orphaned at the age of 5 All the things they had to sacrifice They’d rather die than live to suffer Because they’d have to live with broken souls
— Mohsin Sarwar
All Poems Submitted to the Contest