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.
Never Forget Innocent people pulverized to ashes A generation forever maimed. Two cities crushed to cinders Their sweeping structures smoldering. The giant mushroom cloud rains down Weeping torrid tears of Japanese despair Lamenting American regret. An irreversible mistake Fueled by the impulse, ignorance, ire Of mankind Channeled into a monstrous creation. The Iron Age at its peak. We try to shield ourselves Behind our protective shell of ignorance. How are humans capable Of an action so inhumane? But we must never forget Lest that August morning repeats itself. The Monster must enter eternal slumber And be chained a thousand times over In the bottomless pits of human consciousness Never to unleash its terror upon the world again.
— Stephanie Geier
All Poems Submitted to the Contest