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 Why does this always happen, that innocent people die? One example is the atomic bombing The day those planes passed by August 6, 1945 was a normal morning, a day that soon filled with hate Hate for the day and the war And people cursing at their unfortunate fate The atomic bombing was an intense flash, the climate getting hotter. The people who survived desperately could only ask for water They had done nothing wrong This was not fair Many lives were lost that day, from babies to humans with white hair And those who survived to this very day want peace in this world no matter what anyone would say These survivors called hibakusha who lived through that moment think that it was better to die than to live a life full of torment They lost their families and friends practically their own life as well They know the pain of losing someone and how every second becomes hell Hibakusha just want peace so no one will feel what they felt What happened to Hibakusha was disastrous They don't want to see your hearts melt The cause of this is war If you think about it, it is actually sad The world barely has any peace The thought of it makes many people mad Peace, Peace, Peace its not that hard to understand People should know to have peace because overall, this is our land Peace, Peace , Peace is really beautiful when you think about it The world would be a better place Slowly, and bit by bit
— Dhervi Kapoor
All Poems Submitted to the Contest