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.
Peaceful war I stood still, from afar, and nearby, and felt, A devastating compassion, A profound grief As I watched the 'world' as I know it Subside into one massive rubble I could not sit down and watch I decided to make Infernos acquaint with still waters And meet in serenity To make the great flames hushed as they passed From one peaceful presence to another I'm no superman nor have I done great deeds But this much I can be- a carrier of hope undefined To let the aggrieved spirits know love is possible To speak to the wounded souls of the peace I know I will be but a voice Saying again and again, Repeating The language of influence and affection that is peace That gluttony and damage hold back.
— Lydia Jamenya
All Poems Submitted to the Contest