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.
Finding Peace A cry in the night, you hold out your hand I run from the light, but stuck in quicksand I awake in my bed, I’m ready to scream A feeling of dread, it’s only a dream But the winds blow strong, the darkness is looming Blood it is flowing, the cannons are booming Fighting and war bring nothing but grief Our leaders steal lives, there is no relief From old to young generations are lost The tears and lives are the true cost Millennium 200, wouldn't men learn For peace and for love is what we should yearn Another way dawns, a happier day For joy and for peace, the only way Open your hearts, love all mankind Share with the world and we will find
— Elias Dafoe
All Poems Submitted to the Contest