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.
(Praying For Peace) When you have nothing else to say All you can do is simply pray When all the words have been said And the world watches while people are dead Sticks and stones might break their bones Yet they'll keep fighting for the land they own What you give away will be returned Cause that's a law that I have learned The day will come when the table is turned So run before your house is burned I'll send my Love so their souls can heal And Live in peace with their own ordeal How to forgive who killed your mother And left you homeless with no father I ask the Lord to help them forget So we all can live with no regrets I pray for the light to vanish the pain Before we all become insane We'll live our lives day by day Hoping that they'll find their way (Bless the Souls of the Innocent People) Nobody knows why innocent people die Why they leave without saying goodbye Do you stop to think about their families About the children lost in destroyed cities Then you turn to God, in times of need You pray their Souls would rest in peace Your ask that time would heal their scars And release their pain to the twinkly stars Nobody knows why it takes so long For the wounded heart to forgive and move on For the shattered Soul to understand That the power wasn't in their own hand Don't blame God, yourself or Earth Cause it's like a Mother who had a stillbirth We too are the children of our planet And I'm sure she's hurt as much as we did
— Adrian Nour Jamal
All Poems Submitted to the Contest