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.
But Everything Turns Away... My cries howl above the wind But no one listens I scream and scream and scream But my voice only echoes through my head My body shivers with anxiety But not a single person in sight to hold me tight Legs aching, heart pounding, I crawl towards the light But the light only blinds me away I pray to god while god is still in my heart But right now, he doesn’t care to listen I wait for my angels to lift me up But today the angels have hid their wings I stop and lay there for there is no longer hope But still secretly praying for it to come I close my eyes for I know there is no point in waiting But the eyes are scared to be closed today With closed eyes, again I pray but now to myself But now god and the angels are here at my side I remain the same despaired posture, not uttering a sound But now there is a ray of hope waiting ahead
— Lina Sultana
All Poems Submitted to the Contest