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 Atom Bomb ''Why does it have to be me'' I thought to myself. Why do I have to carry out this dark deed? I don't want to be responsible for the deaths of thousands. I don't want to kill all of these innocent people, but there's no way that I can stop it from happening. I'm not even a human being;no arms,no legs,not even a head. All I have is a metal shell and a bunch of nuclear energy inside of me, itching to explode. How can I possibly stop this horrific tragedy from happening? Then,it happened;the hatch opened and I plummeted down to the Earth. An unanswered question bubbled inside of me:why couldn't we have peace instead of war? Why all of these deaths when we could just shake hands and be friends? Then,I smacked down on the solid pavement. I knew that it not only was the end of my life,but also the lives of many others.
— Ahbab Ashraf
All Poems Submitted to the Contest