2 years ago
hikaymm
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Flippable Poem: "The Lost Generation" by Jonathan Reed
It would be hard to choose my favorite poem. Is it one about where I stand in life today (If you were coming in the fall by Emily Dickinson) or a different piece that has stuck with me for a long time after first reading it (Kubla Khan by Samuel Taylor Coleridge). So, instead I will choose a poem that has recently impressed me with its incredible structural form. Try giving this one a read.... ------------------------------------------------------------ The Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed I am part of a lost generation. And I refuse to believe that I can change the world. I realize this may be a shock, but “Happiness comes from within” Is a lie, and “Money will make me happy” So in thirty years, I will tell my children They are not the most important thing in my life. My employer will know that I have my priorities straight because Work Is more important than Family I tell you this: Once upon a time Families stayed together But this will not be true in my era. This is a quick fix society Experts tell me Thirty years from now, I will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of my divorce. I do not concede that I will live in a country of my own making. In the future, Environmental destruction will be the norm. No longer can it be said that My peers and I care about this Earth. It will be evident that My generation is apathetic and lethargic. It is foolish to presume that There is hope. And all of this will come true unless we reverse it. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- Now, re-read the poem starting from "There is hope" and then read the line above it, and continue upwards. That kind of structural formation and integrity is beautiful, and something I think every writer should try to experiment with in some form! Even if you're writing your own story or paragraphs of nonfiction, there is something beautiful to e learned from the functionality of words to have many meanings, when read in many directions.
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Oh I REALLY like this one! The structure is so cool :) I can relate to the meanings of the piece read both ways. thank you for sharing!
2 years ago·Reply
@KaitlynnJanae Glad you liked it!! I'm always impressed by works like this one. It's not the only one I've seen of the type, but definitely one I can relate to both ways, too!
2 years ago·Reply
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I really enjoyed reading this. I can relate to this writing I've never seen one write this way.
2 years ago·Reply
@Jennxox It's a really unique style! I've only seen one other that I can think of, and it wasn't nearly as well executed as this.
2 years ago·Reply
Reading this gives me hope for the future of my parents relationship. Although right at this moment, I feel I am causing a divorce in the making. Being born into a single parent home, I feel I am just a burden to my mother now that she has been married for the past decade. I feel alone.
2 years ago·Reply