Upside-down poem by US teen a social media hit

A teenager from the United States has lifted the spirits of people all around the world with an inspirational poem that has gone viral.

Worst Day Ever?, which Chanie Gorkin posted on website poetrynation.com, is about happiness.

When read from top to bottom, it offers a negative perspective, but when read from bottom upwards, the meaning of the poem transforms into a positive one.

Chanie describes herself on the site as an 11th grader from Brooklyn, New York, and someone who enjoys writing and music.

Her mother shared the poem on her Facebook page.

The poem is believed to have gone viral after a photo of it posted on the wall of a London bar was shared widely.

News site The Huffington Post reported that events promoter Zachery Stephenson printed the poem and stuck it on the wall.

He had encountered the poem when someone shared it with him to cheer him up.

"I thought it was profoundly uplifting," he told The Huffington Post. Another netizen by the name of Ronnie Joice, a social media marketing manager from London, then took a photo of the poem and tweeted it.

His photo was then retweeted and went viral. The poem has received more than a million likes on Facebook.

While Chanie herself is away, working as a summer camp counsellor in an area with little Internet connection, her father told The Huffington Post: "It seems to me that she is very gratified to have helped make so many people's day a little better."

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.

Chanie Gorkin


This article was first published on July 28, 2015.
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