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.
YOU ARE THE WORLD Our world is sick and in messiness Our world is tattered and ragged Our world is bedeviled by our actions Actions that have augmented the myriad of problems We live in it, we are the hope, we hold the future We are the titans of solutions, We are of a purpose You are to serve that purpose You are to wear the cap of action You are to claim the call of change You are the tread in the fabric of life You are the beautifying green in the world You are the fresh perfume scent in the wind Your actions awake a dying soul and put a heart-warming smile on the face Let’s defend humanity with our service Lets become the bridge to a better world The jewel of peace, the voice of change and the brotherhood of man You are the life, the spirit and the icon of change in your community The world, awaits your smallest action for a greater impact.
— Patrick Adjei Nketia
All Poems Submitted to the Contest