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.
When peace comes from logic and tolerance. Huge flash of light and sound came abruptly, Earth trembled and at once all was silent. Countless innocents died in countries’ clash, When humankind went mad and violent. Unforgettable are the deaths, wrecks, yelp, Only lucky ones survived from death’s cage, Heart wrenched when people died due to no help, Very few survived from man-made weapon’s rage. Daily I beg to god why was it not a dream? Why was August six and nine painted red? Even today I can hear their cry and scream That memory haunts me, and doesn’t fade. Why variances result in violence? When peace comes from logic and tolerance.
— Sambidhan Acharya
All Poems Submitted to the Contest