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.
PEACE ELUSIVE Old and young, in despair moan Of the pure and innocence, forever gone. A world we live, now in time A humanity, on a path so grime. A tussle for power, a greed for more A relation betray, a soul pierced to core Dreams small, in agony shatter Bodies in ashes, burn and scatter, The right to peace, an elusive matter. Bleeding heart of mine Wishes in constant whine, For a heart, pure ‘n simple A society, stand in single A region, cultures varied mingle A country, diverse in unity shingle A universe, sans boundaries cringle. Oh...a wish so small, a desire tingle Faith and hope, strive to jingle.
— Alima Kanumilli
All Poems Submitted to the Contest