Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Power Of The Internet

No one has ever accused me of being a poetic person, and that's something that's unlikely to ever change. So when I read that a poem went viral, I thought it was probably something I won't be able to get into.

“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
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
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.

I will admit; it's smart and fun but I don't quite get why it became an internet sensation. What I really liked however was the journey of "how" it became an internet sensation.

The poem was written by Chanie Gorkin for a school assignment. She also entered it for a poetry contest in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother shared the poem with her friends on Facebook and they shared it with others.

Somehow a guy in the U.K named Zachery Stephenson got a hold of it and printed out the poem. He then struck it on the wall of  a bar in London where another guy named Ronnie Joice saw it. Ronnie took a photo of the poem and tweeted about it. From there, the poem became the internet legend it is now.

Now that, the power of the internet, is even more amazing than the poem itself.

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