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.
PEACEFUL DAYS WAKE UP! THE TIME HAS COME FOR THE SPIRITS TO RISE UP AND REMEMBER: IN THOSE PEACEFUL DAYS WHERE THERE WAS ONLY ON EARTH A COUPLE OF DROPS OF WATER BETWEEN SKY AND SEA AND NOTHING BUT THE WIND SINGING UP THE HILLS. EVERYDAY WAS THE SAME NOTHING WOULD EVER CHANGE BUT THE SONG OF THE WIND SCREAMING UP THE HILLS. AND THE SCREAM OPENED ITS WAY AND THE WIND BECAME STRONGER SO STRONG IT MADE IT ICE AND QUIT SINGING FOR DAYS. TRANSPARENCY AND RELATED MATTERS TRANSPARENCY IS THE FIBER OPTICS OF COMMUNICATION. COMMUNICATION IS THE BASIS OF GOOD RELATIONS. GOOD RELATIONS ARE THE FOUNDATION OF PEACE. PEACE IS THE PATH TO ENLIGHTMENT. ENLIGHTMENT IS THE LIFE OF THE UNIVERSE. THE UNIVERSE IS IMBUED WITH INTELLIGENCE. THEREFORE TRANSPARENCY IS THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS INTELLIGENCE.
— Stella Steinbach
All Poems Submitted to the Contest