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.
I thought of peace in a different way.. I thought it to be easy to come in my way. So I simply jumped in the ocean of uncertainty.. Hold my self easy & swam the way. I used my own techniques my version, my thoughts & defined peace. Peace was the love I felt for others.. It was always innocent like a child & humble like a saint. As I move forward I came across the rocks.. the tides, the storm & the sharks. They were pushing me backward making me.. feel every now & then that I will have to pay a price If I move forward. I was hurt, I was dejected,I was weak.. I was about to collapse I heard a sound.. calling me from far help, help! someone was drowning. For a moment I forgot my pain.. I pushed hard to move forward in that direction to save the child. I faced the wind was down.. I had to collect all my strength But I succeeded in reaching where that voice which was calling me! Yes! I saved that child. I felt alive! I felt happy.Yes! peace to me is the smile of that innocent child. Which gave me life! Which gave me peace!
— Farhat Bakhsh
All Poems Submitted to the Contest