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.
LEND A HAND A child somewhere is freezing out in the cold night, A child somewhere is fighting a war like a knight, Ah! Everywhere are helpless children without a light, Let’s give help and for a child lend a hand. No more heartaches and sleepless nights, No more heartbreaks and endless fights, Oh! for heaven’s sake, let’s do things right, We could build a better world for every child. There won’t be any fear of pain, There won’t be any tears in the rain, When we aid a child, we’ll get the gain, You can get involved today and lend a hand. IT’S A TINY UNIVERSE It’s a small world you know? Maybe you once had some friends or folk That you could have helped or saved; but didn’t, Thinking you’d have another chance someday, But sooner or later, they were gone, It’s a tiny universe. Sometimes; might want to do a soul some harm, Thinking you two never will see again, But you might want to give a second thought, Because you never can tell friend, Someday, somewhere, you might just run into him, It’s a tiny universe. What if sometimes you stand afar? Wanting to throw a stone into the marketplace, Never allow your emotion to overwhelm, For you never can tell its destination, Don’t you think it could strike a kin? It’s a tiny universe. Sometimes, the deed of kindness done, And the heart of love shown Do come back in manifolds from that man, And most times from ones you never knew, Of a truth it pays to act right and be good, It’s a tiny universe.
— Adedayo Albert Olofinnika
All Poems Submitted to the Contest