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.
It was a day of infamy I did't know what was in for me Boom, suddenly the sky was full of dust I was so stiff, like a bike chain full of rust. My eyes so bloodshot while my skin was so hot I couldn't take this pain I felt like choking myself with a chain. This country of Japan has fell now we have gone to Hell. There are people screaming and I cannot take this feeling. This country has been through Hell and back and now we have been attacked. So many people on the floor lying as we all are slowly dying. I say bye to my mom and dad I am so not glad. I wish I knew what was in for me but now this will be known as a day of infamy.
— Xavier Mateo
All Poems Submitted to the Contest