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.
Sonnet for Peace With the power to destroy in a breath, can we not hear the voices of reason; listen to memories darkened by death, and reignite humanities season. From the cities crushed by new inventions, were born the cries for an era of peace; from the dust that has choked generations, we must create a world where wars will cease. We look to the past for inspiration, the words of the Hibakusha our script; their stories must act to light our passion, never to fade like a fleeting eclipse. Should our world suffer our stubbornness, why not gift it our infinite brightness?
— Mark Odea
All Poems Submitted to the Contest