“The Lost Generation” by Jonathan Reed

A MUST READ poem by 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

Work

Is more important than

Family

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 choose reverse it.

Sad Right? Now read it backwards! Need help? Keep scrolling…

There is hope.

It is foolish to presume that

My generation is apathetic and lethargic.

It will be evident that

My peers and I care about this Earth.

No longer can it be said that

Environmental destruction will be the norm.

In the future,

I will live in a country of my own making.

I do not concede that Thirty years from now, I will be celebrating the tenth anniversary of my divorce.

Experts tell me

This is a quick fix society

But this will not be true in my era.

Families stayed together

Once upon a time

I’ll tell you this:

Family

Is more important than

Work

I have my priorities straight because

My employer will know that

They are not the most important thing in my life.

So in thirty years, I will tell my children

“Money will make me happy”

Is a lie, and

“True Happiness comes from within”

I realize this may be a shock, but

I can change the world.

And I refuse to believe that

I am part of a lost generation.

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  1. This was a really great poem! I feel like it really did show the two different perspectives we often hear about our generation as millennials. I definitely prefer the second poem and its more positive outlook, but it can be difficult to see the world in that way when we’re often told that we are a part of a “lost generation”. Overall, great poem! Really enjoyed reading!

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