The Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed

Jill Holtz

January 4, 2016

the lost generation

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This is so clever. Read this poem The Lost Generation by Jonathan Reed. Then read it in reverse and be amazed!

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This poem by Jonathan Reed won second place in AARP’s U@50 video contest launched in 2007 for his video, Lost Generation. Contestants were asked to create a two minute video describing their vision of the future – what they believed that their lives would be like by the time they turned fifty.

Read the poem and then read it in reverse. I think it reflects that we either view things in a negative or positive light.

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 30 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
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.

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Published On: January 4th, 2016 / Categories: For Parents / Last Updated: January 14th, 2022 / Tags: /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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