A poem – “Lost Generation” by Jonathon Reed


Very inspiring palindrome [word or phrase that can be read both forward and backwards] made into a poem Lost Generation" written by Jonathon Reed, a graduate in his twenties. As you begin reading the poem, the narrator illustrates the current generation having a hopeless future and the world is ugly by talking in a very pessimistic tone. When you turn on the news, most of the content is just bad news — Wars, unemployment, environmental disasters, poor education, poverty, and bad news goes on and on. The lost generation is portrayed to be living the harsh life like the bad news given to the people in our mainstream news media throughout the depressing monologue. However, at the end, it directs you to reverse it. When read backwards, there is the totally opposite positive perspective which presents hope in our future through CHANGE. It’s like a paradigm shift, a shift in mindset in the way you look at things. The poem has a great positive message and does a great job at showing how the way you look at things can change the view into a hopeful one. Very inspiring. Hope it encourages you to be a part of the good change of our generation for the better future.

"Be the Change you wish the see in the World." - Gandhi. <—- One of my all time favorite quotes.

Watch the video. You can also read the poem below.



The Lost Generation
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
Is more important than
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.