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.
Hibakusha The sun shine as I walked in the streets of Inasa-machi, Nagasaki City. My books over my shoulder completely relaxed. Then I see a B-29 flying over us. A white thing falling from the sky. Then I felt it as if I was hit by a bus. I woke up in this obscure place. It was so dark I could not recognize anyone’s face. The sky was reddish black and I could hear people yelling for water. My eye sight was beginning to fade. And that was when I knew I needed first-aid. The last thing I saw was dead corpses all around me. That was when I felt pain on my left knee. That was when I couldn't see. Everything became pitch black. I tried getting up but fell right back down. I could hear people injured worse than me. My friend next to me was dead that was when I was thinking is this really going to be. Am I really going to die. I could here children and parents calling each other as I was lie on the floor . I could hear some people relieved to find their loved ones. Others were crying to find there loved ones dead. 140,000 people died in Hiroshima, Japan and another 72,000 in Nagasaki, Japan. All this happened because of an atomic bomb. An atomic bomb that took 212,000 innocent lives of men women and children.
— Matthew Nunez
All Poems Submitted to the Contest