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.
ADVICE Oh you, you dashing river of my youth, don't hustle to be wasted don't crave to dry up. Years are rolling down on you like rocks that crush. And you, you sleepless beast that wander round my mind, don't fake to be tired don't seek to go to rest. Run, you fears and destiny are hunting you like nets. And — what shall I call you- bird of heaven in my heart, don't stop to sing don't shut your wings. Look deeper to burrow or fly higher. Men burn like fire.
— Eleni Alexiou
All Poems Submitted to the Contest