14-jarige schrijft het beste gedicht van dit decennium

Derek Nichols heeft het gedicht van zijn 14-jarig broertje, Jordan, getweet. Het gedicht is wat ons betreft nu al het gedicht van het decennium. Het gaat over onze samenleving en de keuze die de jeugd binnen die samenleving kan maken. Wat we kunnen veranderen en hoe we dat kunnen doen.

Dit is het gedicht:
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
Een donker en zwartgallig toekomstbeeld van de 14-jarige, maar nu komt de magie. We lezen het gedicht opnieuw, maar deze keer van onder naar boven:

Unless we turn things around
That might be true,
People thought we couldn’t come back
We knew that
Was a joke.
Working hard
Was how we handled our problems.
Giving up
Is something we never did.
Changing our world for the better
Will not be easy, but we will try.
Forgetting about that time,
Is a dumb thing to do.
Being loving, respectful, and kind
Is the way to go.
Living only for money and power
Is a waste. And we know
We actually succeeded
Thinking that
Our generation was a failure.
That is wrong, the truth is
We were the peak of mankind.
Never will anybody say,
Our generation will be known for nothing.