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.
When shall peace arrive? The sleepless nights and empty feelings What has this world come to? As power, greed, and segregation dominate the world Mother Nature would not care when it’s done. We start to grow less intelligent When mankind went mad and violent It gives us little chance to show worth in peace August 6th and 9th shall never be forgotten Endless amounts of deaths, injuries, sicknesses We shall not damage one another For there is only a short amount of time To cherish and love what the world has to offer No one seems to realize how technology can have awful negatives How fast things can be created without careful thoughts Taking action would help and stop these terrible, terrible ideas These doings should come to an end before it gets worse.
— Madelaine Ong
All Poems Submitted to the Contest