Friday, July 24, 2015

‘Worst Day Ever’? N.Y. Hasidic teen’s touching poem goes viral 

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.
"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.
Even if
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
The reality
My attitude
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, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.
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 at Beth Rivkah High School in Crown Heights. 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.

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