Read this... My 14 year old brother wrote this... Crazyyyy pic.twitter.com/RzvhJU1LUN- Derek Nichols (@DerekNichols0) February 26, 2014
Writing poetry is a tough ask. That this poem was written by a 14-year old makes it worth sitting up and taking note of. And that it can be read backwards makes this incredible.
This poem by a US teenager which was posted on Twitter by his older brother. Derek Nichols, from North Carolina wrote on Twitter: "Read this... My 14 year old brother wrote this...Crazyyyy," and then tweeted a picture of the poem written out on a sheet of paper. In a month, over 150,000 likes and almost an equal number of retweets on twitter - this 25-line verse has a completely different meaning from the top-to-bottom version when read in reverse.
Here's the transcript of the poem:
Never will anybody say,
We were the peak of mankind.
That is wrong, the truth is
Our generation was a failure.
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.
Was how we handled our problems.
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn't come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
(And now read this bottom to top)