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 Have A Poem I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll spread the message with its fires Towards the planets with holocausts or killings A poem that'll talk about reality amongst the Communities tortured and marginalized A poem that'll be against female mutilations With sex violation and child abuse A poem that'll sail on the oceans, seas And lakes. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll flow deep in the hearts of mankind Imagination with persecution and murder A poem that'll transform many faces from sadness To joy in the season of revolt A poem that'll fly above the moons, stars And suns. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll bear the richness of solidarity For the poor and needy groups A poem that'll climb the mountains with rocks Against the tribal war and hatred A prayer that'll linger across the borders, horizons And skies. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll never accept dictatorships But the democracy to embrace the integrity and equality A poem that'll victoriously shine in the midst Of darkness to steer the world for light A poem that'll challenge the axis of conflicts, hunger And war. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll change the masses from Racialism and imperialism to harmony that prevails A poem that'll face no fear from the leaders Of the earth in the nuclear advancement A poem that'll heal the children, mothers And fathers. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll sweep away the intimidation And humiliation of racism A poem that'll stand by the justice Towards the sufferers and victims on soil of Terrorism and AIDS's stigma A poem that'll bring the new dawn To the less fortunate, disabled And the poor. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll resist the subjugation of The innocent creation and nature burning A poem that'll uphold our dignity and rights Against the imperialists' nightmare storms A poem that'll reign on the rivers, streams And valleys. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll fight for my rights, your destiny Against poverty and violence A poem that'll take its paths on the clouds Of machinations with tribalism To bring back reconciliation within the dust Of bloodshed of massacre A poem that'll call for the struggle Against the tyrants holding the oppressions And discrimination against a culture A poem that'll condem the child trafficking, slavery And child soldier. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll reflect on the lives Living in despair with no hope for the future A poem that'll free the deprived peoples From the rising massacre and destruction A poem that'll boldly demonstrate against Military dominance of human dignity A poem that'll swiftly tread in the slums, towns And cities. I have a poem for peace to the world A poem that'll curse child labour, And early marriage on the rise A poem that'll condem and break all arms, bullets And bombs and create justice that prevails A poem with the vision for the mission Against inhumanity, impunity And injustice. Yes! I have a poem for peace to the world A poem! Like Martin Luther King had a dream.
— Walter Keyombe Muzembi
All Poems Submitted to the Contest