The Future looks a Little Brighter…

14-year-old’s reversible poem takes web by storm…

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When this poem is read from start to finish, it paints a pessimistic picture about a world where a generation is obsessed with money and power.
But by following the instruction at the end – “read from bottom to top now” – the meaning – like the poem – is reversed.

The flipped poem paints an optimistic picture about hope for the future and paints a very poignant message – even more poignant because of the author’s age.

After gaining attention for his younger brother’s poem, Derek Nichols said the poem took Jordan just half an hour to compose and said: “I don’t get how he’s so smart”.

“His poem is nowhere near making this world a better place, but it’s a step in the right direction,” he added.

Here is the poem when read from 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

(Read from bottom to top now)

And here it is reversed – with a completely different meaning.

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.

~~~
There may be hope for the next generation, after all…
See you all next week…

3 thoughts on “The Future looks a Little Brighter…

  1. Interesting… Have you read the studies on “Millenials” (i.e. , people in their late teens and early twenties now)? They seem to have a good outlook, but unfortunately are unlikely to vote in a political election.

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