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.
A shift in consciousness The trumpets have sounded, After two years of doing this and that, Finally, Prana has moved this and that, Time to empower the next generation, Time to fuse hope in humanity, Set a model business for young people Tackle their problems without fear or favour, Chart a new course for this generation, Preside over a shift of consciousness, A new awareness in media management, Take this world to Canaan, Just like Joshua took over from Moses, A young man taking over from a mzee*, A visionary leading the way, To a brighter and harmonious day The trumpets have sounded It’s time to get this show on the road Not the first, second or third liberation, But a deliverance from the jaws of poverty A healing from the misery of disease Redemption from the grip of ignorance A new sunrise in the plains A new beginning to an old lethargic story On facebook, twitter and Iborian On the airwaves and on newspapers Shout a new message, don’t do whispers Sing a new song, a song of unconditional freedom Freedom from political mischief Freedom from maize, oil and grand scandals Freedom from renting out public utilities to multinationals Freedom from infringement of our sovereign territory Freedom of thought, speech and association What our forefathers died for in 1945 A shift in consciousness, away from dogmatic religions To a Spiritual dispensation of Love Away from rigid rules to peace and tolerance Away from killing in the name of God Away from stealing from the house of God Away from celebrity worship and idols To a recognition of our equality To an acknowledgement of our oneness That we are Spiritual beings having a human experience That when your fellow man suffers, you suffer When your fellow woman hungers, you hunger That when a child cries, you feel the pain That when we discriminate and stigmatize, It is us that are discriminated and stigmatized That we share a collective consciousness, The Human Consciousness, Birthed from the God Consciousness Created in his Image and Likeness What He is, We are, What She can do, so can We
— Bernard Muhia
All Poems Submitted to the Contest