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.
Moments In a moment of insanity, Lives were torn away, From the realm of humanity. In a moment of ambition, Our worlds were shattered, As war knew no inhibition. In a moment of cruelty, Dreams were left to die, To burn-in defeated debris. In one moment, Fell to toxic fumes choking, Did tears, screams and heartbreak, Before a chance of speaking. In one moment, Voices ceased to matter. Reason was worth none, And left to be in tatters. In one moment, Destruction became one, With a memory that, Forgot of joys unsung. But one moment-bravery. They breathe an air of ruin, Then began-their hard path to victory. In that moment-confusion. They rose from doomed wreckage, To embark upon compassion. In that moment-inspiration. They defied all odds. To stand tall and conquer admiration. From that moment on, They fight a hundred wars, And lose a thousand battles, Only to win thousands more. From that moment on, Vows should we make, Never to let happen, The peace of innocence break. From that moment on, Our efforts should bend, In tearing down weapons, That crave for our end. From that moment on, The eyes of Man should see, What such evil could do, To us and to humanity.
— Aung Zin Phyo Thein
All Poems Submitted to the Contest