When we think back to the poems we wrote in 8th grade, there is, admittedly, a fair amount of cringing involved. Maybe those early teen verses were a little too silly or a little too emo. Heck, some of them were just plain bad.
A poem written by Jordan Nichols, an 8th grader from Wilmington, N.C., is different, though. The junior high student had his poem thrust into the spotlight yesterday, when his proud older brother Derek posted an image of the piece on Twitter.
It's meant to be read normally at first—that is, top to bottom. But, at the end, he asks the reader to read it in reverse. And that's when the poem's meaning totally changes.
Some critics, according to Elite Daily, say that Nichols cribbed from—or was perhaps inspired by—the poem Lost Generation, which features the same structure. Others say the teen has written something pretty profound.
What do you think?
Here is the text of the poem, first top to bottom, then bottom to top: