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.
Sweet Sunrise: Serenity Dark clouds are moving across the eyes; The cheeks are burning the gloomy skies. War explains nothing, the aftermath is ruthless; Now the soil is dead, the trees are fruitless. But the tears roll down to spread harmony! Mental-flashback of a blinding nuclear mass; Standing in tears amongst the dusty grass. But that is not what we spell today- PEACE instead of war, HURRAY instead of mayday. Hibakusha for the living, we hold you up! The alphabets are mixed, the pun is serious; The poem goes on to addressterrifying and mysterious Deeds by mankind in a time very long. The bullets and bombs were weird and wrong In times of hope for the general good! Singing off the awful day's pride; Men of honour with hopes by their sides, But now malady upon their breath. Journeyed faces across the earth For love and grace, joy and PEACE! A five-lettered word that speaks of silence, Calm powerful preacher who detests violence. The words are unclear; do you see the mist, Or the launched monstrosity as a gist? The catastrophic collision- a great destruction! There will be no more petrifying pain or cancer, Every problem will have a solution and an answer. There will be nomore rape of this adorable terrain, We will wake up, hold hands and repeat again and again: PEACE FOR PEACE, PEACE FOR PEACE!
— Eric Law
All Poems Submitted to the Contest