This Sad Poem Read Upside Down Has A Secret Message That Will Remind You Just How Beautiful The World Can Be — PHOTO

Back in the day, everyone was convinced that if you played rock albums backwards you would hear Satanic messages, and then a bunch of idiots freaked out because "Teh Beatles is subliminally trying to corrupt teh youths!" Nowadays stupid people reserve their paranoia for other things — like whether the president is a secret Muslim — but at least we've gotten better at the whole backwards message thing. Take, for example, this depressing poem with a hidden message about our perspective on life. Spotted by Ronnie Joice in a London bar — kudos, by the way, London, on being so damn classy your bars have poems in them — this poem appears at first glance to be of the same depressing ilk as much of the bummed out poetry I angstily wrote in high school while smoking cloves and wearing black. It reads...

But there's one more line...

Which would go something like this...

This is the M. Night Shyamalan of poetry! Depressed, bitter resignation becomes hopeful optimism. What a twist!

I think one would be totally justified in thinking the piece a tad maudlin, but you've at the very least got to admit it's quite clever. I'm also impressed by the structure, because it not only has completely different, coherent meanings both ways, but its traditional, top to bottom reading renders the bottom to top interpretation more meaningful. It's extra impressive when you discover that the poem was allegedly written by a New York City teenager named Chanie Gorkin. Well done, young lady! Keep writing!

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