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.
I a walking shadow On the face of the meadow Until I saw the blaze That changed my days Death in an instant Imprinting its demeaning light on me A savior disguised as serpent Dripping its pee on me And I looked up to face the monster A dark cloud of mushroom Stared down at me It had destroyed Nagasaki Bragging about its exploits in Hiroshima And then I saw my brothers and sisters Hipped like piles of rubbish To thirst was to die To see was to die To just be was to die To lie instate without a burial And it turned to mock me I am a samurai for peace My sword is my mouth And I say never again would this happen again Never Because to agree is to pierce this monster And destroy it once and for all
— Kolawole Adepoju Yinka
All Poems Submitted to the Contest