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.
Although a life can be long and strange, With time travelling by at a constant speed, With difficulty staying on this plain Or at least until CERN gets that proof we’ll heed For as though we feel as though we’re alone And that pleasant dreams replace what is lost Who weeps for them that death strikes on their own Only to find that there is no one to incur the cost But to die of thirst from a tormenting fire, Or to wait for it from your sick bed, Has been the shared guilt of them that quest for power Although even greed must eventually join the dead With suffering not an exclusive state It is sad to say we’ll all greet that universal fate
— David Harkness
All Poems Submitted to the Contest