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.
Eternal Peace, Its Root Shining clouds sailing high in the sky Doves in white fly everywhere His spirit is flowing incessantly I saw it in a dream. When I peep out, the sky looks threatening Darkness spreads everywhere Thunderstorm strikes Lightning cuts through bombards. How my dream comes true, I thought, Never is it, my heart whispers. Love is invisible, selfishness rules Earth is burned and wretched. Passion rules man, they pull him down Disquiet prevails, it is hell Hatred is man’s creation it is folly When God guides, he wins over the senses And he is at peace, immortal. Again, I saw Him standing in majesty I cling on with adhesive, so strong it is Darkness all vanish, sun shines So cool the breeze that blows Passions all dissolve to nothing I relish calmness at its height The peace at its best, the stillness with perfection It is pure and holy The world becomes heaven. When I look at through Him The world looks different I see everyone, my dear ones As He guides me, I am to follow Him only I take the agony of others as mine It is my service all times. I stand bold in tribulations The life with Him is the finest ever It is sublime tranquil And I am at peace for ever.
— K. K. Mathew
All Poems Submitted to the Contest