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.
War. War is something that you can define, Though explaining, And looking at another perspective, Towards a person who had lived through the war, Is difficult. If the Japanese government knew what would result, Would they send the kamikaze towards Pearl Harbor? When someone says a nuclear bomb, I imagine just an explosion. No after effects, Nor the depression that follows through, Or the aftermath through generations. But once you hear the tale of a survivor, You realize how painful it was, The emotional pain, That seems to make the heart heavy, For everything then seems glum. I wish there were peace, For I stared at a blank page, Unsure on what I’m supposed to write, Conflicting emotions, For I tried imagining how it must have felt. The survivors in Japan, The hibakusha, For what they had went through and felt, Cannot be just written by paper. I can’t imagine it, Can you?
— Vanessa Gapa
All Poems Submitted to the Contest