An 11th Grader Whose Poetry Is Inspiring the Internet

Anyone who says no one likes poetry should talk to 17-year-old Chanie Gorkin.

This 11th-grader from Brooklyn turned a school assignment into a poem that challenges not only how we write but also how we think. The message and the creativity of her poem has made it a viral success. You may have seen it on Facebook or reddit.

“Worst Day Ever?”

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
Because
True happiness can be attained
Only if one’s surroundings are good
It’s not true that good exists
I’m sure you can agree that
The reality
Creates
My attitude
It’s all beyond my control
And you’ll never in a million years hear me say
Today was a very good day

Now read it from bottom to top, the other way,
And see what I really feel about my day.

If you’d like to read more about Ms. Gorkin, check out “Brooklyn Girl Behind Viral ‘Worst Day Ever’ Poem Speaks Exclusively With 1010 WINS” from CBS New York.

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