Poem Backwards, Forwards

Read the poem once through first...

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

Did you notice it? (We bet not.) Now, read the poem again - only backwards.

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.

Derek's little brother was able to craft an insightful poem, that had layers hidden to the casual reader. The sentiment changes from despair to hope, just by reversing the poem. The talent it would take to write such a piece of art is incredible. I hope this boy pursues his talent as a writer. He has a great start.

Warmly,

Elayne Pearson
Mom on a Mission

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