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.
The Birth of a Samurai of peace I, a walking shadow On the face of the meadow Until I saw the blaze That changed my days Death in an instant Imprinting its demeaning light on me A savior disguised as a serpent Dripping its pee on me As I looked up to face this monster A dark cloud of mushroom Stared down at me It had destroyed Nagasaki Bragging about its exploits in Hiroshima And then I saw my brothers and sisters Hipped like piles of rubbish, To thirst was to die To see was to die To just be was to die To lie instate without a burial And it turned to mock me I am a samurai for peace My sword is my mouth And I say never again would this happen Because to agree is to pierce this monster And destroy it once and for all for this is my way of the samurai to uphold peace.
— Kolawole Adepoju
All Poems Submitted to the Contest