Derek Nichols, a highschooler at Wilmington High School in Wilmington, CA posted something on Twitter on February 26–his post could be one of the most important poems of the decade. The post featured a poem, written by his 14 year old brother (shown above). It reads:
“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.
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.
Was how we handled our problems.
Was a joke.
We knew that
People thought we couldn’t come back
That might be true,
Unless we turn things around
(Read from bottom to top now)”
Some have mentioned that this poem was plagarized, but as Elite Daily reports, they are wrong:
“While there is some speculation that the poem was ripped off or at least inspired by this similar poem, the two don’t share anything but the overall concept. If the concepts are the same and this 8th grader wrote this poem, the words themselves are extremely powerful, and we appreciate both of them.” -Robert Gordon, Elite Daily
Join us in sharing this post with your friends, co-workers, and our generation. Thank you Jordan Nichols, our generation needs a reminder like this.