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.
Peace, come and live with us forever Whenever we close our eyes to decamp from an eternal strife, we see the reflection of peace in the shadow of the fire burning inside our heart. We cannot sleep at night and day, we just chase it away. Can it be true that they also think of peace, as we do? They also long for peace, as we do? On every bend, we stop, and open our ears, hoping to hear the whispers of peace. Alas! But lately, things aren't what they used to be. Now peace it seems is just a forlorn reverie. Peace, when you were here, a thorn was a rose. But when you are away, a rose is a thorn. When will you come back? Life, it doesn't frighten us. For us it is the series of volcanic eruptions. We were children once but now we are only orphans. Anybody can live but it takes a lot of courage to stay alive all the time dancing on the floor of death. When will you learn to dance? 'Life, how far is the death?' 'How far is it we all ask?' Death is near, "when you are far away from yourself", life answered back. We are far away far away from us. We are moving backward, we walked yesterday, today we slipped and tomorrow we will crawl. Peace, come here and live with us forever. We will spend our life painting the stars of compassion. We both discern the obstacles but its worth doing than digging the abyss of affliction. We might have lost everything but not our heart. Upon this murky land, sunshine will come, and soon we shall be blessed with the warmth of love.
— Bhuwan Thapaliya
All Poems Submitted to the Contest