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Inspiring hope – a different view of our generation

Over the last few days, I’ve come across a poem that was being claimed across some social networks as evoking emotions, giving people chills, and being a technically excellent piece of work. A poem written by a 14 year old boy has been retweeted more than 120,000 times.

 

At first read, the poem sounds like the typical, plain but simple dissection of the 21st century lost generation. However, bear with me, read it until the end, and then follow the short one line instruction. Maybe it can help to inspire hope in our generation:

 

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

 

(Now, read it again, only this time from bottom to top)

 

It bears remarkable similarities to another poem I came across a few years back titled, The Lost Generation, by Johnathan Reed.

Happy Sunday

 

 

Original tweet: https://twitter.com/DerekNichols0/status/438737917628796928/photo/1

 

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March 2, 2014 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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