Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Poem by Crown Heights Jewish Teen Goes Viral

A Crown Heights Jewish Teen’s poem with an uplifting message has gone viral around the globe.  Chanie Gorkin, a junior at the all-girls Lubavitch high school Beth Rivkah in Crown Heights penned the poem for a school assignment last year. After the assignment, she posted the poem,

titled “Worst Day Ever?”

The poem is about a bad day, but when read from the bottom up, it is actually a poem about the "best day ever."  Chanie's mother posted the poem in a contest, and it then made its way through social media.  She says that her daughter was influenced by growing up in a Chassidic community where she was taught to see the positive in everything. She also says that Chanie is very private and at first hated all the attention her poem received.

Chanie's mother also says that her daughter hopes people take inspiration from her poem and pay it forward by doing something nice to another person.

"Worst Day Ever?" By Chanie Gorkin

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 obtained
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 that
Today was a good day

Now read from the bottom to top.

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