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.
MINEFIELDS OF MANKIND One night I had a dream I saw a man He crawled the sand Parched by the dark of night And guided by an inner fright So burdened by his will Fresh blood he sought to spill He came into the woods He felt how it was good He walked amongst the beasts Astounded by their peace By nature's will they flocked The lion, hawk and dove In unity with life Yet still his hand was on his knife There in his mind he raged Imprisoned, wild and caged So little did he know of love His path, nor where to go for love No instinct left, no sight No reason for his plight He forced his hands that toiled To hunt the soul he'd soiled He heard a sound Began to run He turned and aimed then shot his gun He searched and there amongst the trees Three children Grovelling on their knees 'Twas then God thundered rain, Down, down the war it came He heard a shot began to run His hand reached out and grabbed his son His life was over-- it was done He fell entrenched in pain In pools of hate he bled, deep tears of shame he shed At last with anguished cry He screamed out "Mercy", Let me die! For there unclouded by dense fright There in the darkest senseless night His soul was fortified with grace Reflected in each childs pure face He saw his own ......and he was freed In mindfields of mankind The more you fight The less you'll find By reaching out a hand Preserve and understand The Minefields of Mankind Are battles in your mind 'Tis yours each breath you save With love the seventh wave With tolerance and peace Love shall surely soothe the beast In mindfields of mankind Seek inner truths and find Strength in unity and peace For then our wars Will surely cease
— Georgina Galanis
All Poems Submitted to the Contest