NEW YORK (WRIC/WABC) — A poem with a surprisingly positive message written by a Brooklyn high school student is taking the world by storm.
A man in the U.K. spotted the poem tacked on the wall of a bar in North London and then posted a picture of it on Twitter.
While reading the poem from top to bottom seems like a dark view of today’s world, reading it from the bottom to the top completely changes the poem’s perspective.
The author of this creative and insightful poem is Chanie Gorkin, an 11th grader from Brooklyn, New York. She attends an all-girls school and lives in the Hasidic Community of Crown Heights.
Gorkin’s mother confirmed to WABC that Chanie is the poem’s author. She posted the poem on poetrynation.com. Her mom said Chanie was unable to comment at this time because she is busy having too much fun at summer camp.
Poetry Nation reports that the girl’s mother also gave the poem some momentum by sharing it on Facebook. She was shocked that it took off the way it did.
“Worst Day Ever?” By Chanie Gorkin
Today was the absolute worst day ever
And don’t try to convince me that
There’s something good in every day
Because, when you take a closer look,
This world is a pretty evil place.
Some goodness does shine through once in a while
Satisfaction and happiness don’t last.
And it’s not true that
It’s all in the mind and heart
True happiness can be obtained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say that
Today was a good day
**Now read from the bottom to top.