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.
LOVE FOR PEACE, HATE FOR VIOLENCE We are always on the run Sending armies that never turn Many are those who never return For joining the majority’s rerun When shall we ever mind to learn That war and violence were not invented to earn. If you preach of peace today Everyone seems to be flying with your mood But I pity those who never concentrate For the song peace erases during the day Don’t mind if you never ever know That peace doesn’t ever flow in dreams You have to bend and collect it in pieces For a nation to be transformed in one piece Many have to sweat and spend sleepless nights I am proud to put these on a script That never will I join those in violence For it is a vice I will live to spit Keep it doomed as if it had no existence Refuse the regicide and promise my heart Forever I vow to maintain peace in one piece
— Winy W. Macheru
All Poems Submitted to the Contest