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Teen's Poem That Can Be Read Forwards AND Backwards Goes Viral

05/03/2014 12:22 | Updated 20 May 2015

A poem by a 14-year-old boy has gone viral – because it can also be read backwards.

And amazingly when the verse is read again starting with the last line, it has a completely different meaning to the top-to-bottom version.

Read it for yourself: it's fantastic, isn't it?

The teen's brother, Derek Nichols, from North Carolina, was so impressed by the hand-written verse that he posted a photo of it to Twitter.

He wrote: "Read this... My 14 year old brother wrote this...Crazyyyy."

The 25-line poem by Jordan Nichols entitled Our Generation starts:

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

But in the reverse direction, the poem reads:

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.

Soon after the poem was posted, the poem went viral and has now been re-tweeted more than 120,000 times.

The poem is similar in content and approach to another poem called Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed.

According to the BBC, Derek also tried his hand at writing his own reverse poem – shorter and slightly less profound:

I like chicken nuggets.

It is a fact that

Chicken nuggets are good

Now lets (sic) turn it around

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