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.
"Shattered Once" One thousand nine hundred and forty five, a thousand cranes came to pass Their hope to survive the south east skies Alas, were completely abashed. Bombs came roaring overhead, warfares were highways and a thousand cranes came to pass. Tragedy once embodied history. Black rain once sprung aloft innocence And noises directed skywards. Until they clogged and pervaded The thousand cranes that wouldn't come to pass. A hundred and forty thousand, lost And six billion to hope once again Six billion to see the kaleidoscopic cranes Six billion hearts to view the vivid rising sun The mirror, 'Twas a map to peace A puzzle solved six billion to pray six billion to hope Six billion paper cranes outlived and came flying about.
— Saiya Dumaran
All Poems Submitted to the Contest