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.
I Shall Celebrate After this village becomes one Without borders With colour blind Race blind And religious blind beings I shall celebrate And religious blind beings After this village becomes ours Without bombs Without landmines Without grenades Without guns and tear gases I shall celebrate After this village becomes clean Of water pollution Of air pollution And land pollution I shall celebrate After this village becomes free Of passports and visas Of fear and inferiors Of superhuman and superpowers I shall celebrate After this village becomes a home For street kids For displaced people For poor people For destitute For orphans, the elderly and the disabled I shall celebrate After this village becomes free Of AIDS Of TB Of Malaria And Cancer I shall celebrate After habitats of this village stand together Extending love for one another Embracing every child Left without a home Without food Without shelter I shall celebrate in song In poetry In dance In sculpture In painting And drawing
— Tinashe Muchuri
All Poems Submitted to the Contest