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 Song for Peace Oh, war! How long do you knock At the gates of my city? Let me become a shouting voice To silence the echo Of your heavy fists. A voice louder Than the roar of the fighting planes Over a city at war, A voice deeper Than the moaning of death In the shameless mouth of earth. I am not a man of epics Who blows your lying leaders' horn. I am a man of lyrics, A bard for peace. Let me take again the harp That you have stolen from these people And sing about their painful wounds. Let me compose a song for peace Beyond your phony epics.
— Majid Naficy
All Poems Submitted to the Contest