This is from Clash Daily.

 

The poem “Our Generation” was posted to Twitter this week by Derek Nichols. It was written by his younger brother Jordan. It has an interesting concept: the message varies depending on if you read it bottom-to-top or top-to-bottom.

The poem, as read top-to-bottom:

Our generation will be known for nothing.
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
Thinking that
We actually succeeded
Is a waste. And we know
Living only for money and power
Is the way to go.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is a dumb thing to do.
Forgetting about that time,
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Changing our world for the better
Is something we never did.
Giving up
Was how we handled our problems.
Working hard
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around

If you read the poem in reverse, the dire tone is flipped on its head:

Unless we turn things around
That might be true,
People thought we couldn’t come back
We knew that
Was a joke.
Working hard
Was how we handled our problems.
Giving up
Is something we never did.
Changing our world for the better
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Forgetting about that time,
Is a dumb thing to do.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is the way to go.
Living only for money and power
Is a waste. And we know
We actually succeeded
Thinking that
Our generation was a failure.
That is wrong, the truth is
We were the peak of mankind.
Never will anybody say,
Our generation will be known for nothing.

With confident and imaginative young people like Jordan, they will do just fine – as long as they don’t let others get in the way of their dreams.
Read more at http://clashdaily.com/2014/03/read-weep-teenager-pens-poem-next-generation-thats-must-read/#lxGqVRzFD7QwmPAh.99

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