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.
First uninterested. Yet, To find myself Completely rapt Into a different universe. A universe full of Agony Violence Sorrow The inaudible cries And screams Of innocent civilians. Confused, Crying children. A city Filled with flames Of ferocious Fervor fire. A still hopeful father Holding his ash covered daughter Full of passion Who can only now wish. Only wishing for the end of war. Only wishing for peace. As I listen to the voices of the victims As I read the words of the lost A clenching consciousness Can only come over me. If only just a poem Can make a difference To help bring aware I say Why not try?
— Christina Kim
All Poems Submitted to the Contest