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.
There is a place called peace where showers of forgiveness fall every morning healing the petals of the oleander flower and clearing the atmosphere of yesterday's grief the cicadas sing out songs of joy and the sun of love rises from the bosom of mother earth In this land the children of iwasa dance freely on the streets no fear in their hearts,no worries in their mind a rainbow of grace stretches from the seto inland sea to the hudson river and the world basks under its beauty This land of peace is not far from us its in the inner cloves of our heart it is who we are so let's drop the burden of war,arms,hate and strife and walk hand in hand through a path less taken to a place worth going
— Ifeanyi Ogbo
All Poems Submitted to the Contest