Thousands on Twitter have been sharing this creative poem that should be read backwards

Thousands of people around the world are sharing images of a creative poem after a British man shared it on Twitter in July. The reason? The poem has two totally different meanings depending on where you start to read it.

The poem started making its way around the internet after a man tweeted a photo of the poem tacked up in a bar in North London, Mashable reported. It has since been retweeted thousands of times on Twitter and viewed by over 1.4 million people on Imgur.

Here’s a look at the poem in the original tweet:

If you read the poem starting with the first line, the poem begins with, “Today was the worst day ever,” and goes downhill from there. But if you start with the final line and read up to top, the meaning completely reverses, becoming full of positive mantras. 

Written by a New York high school student, Chanie Gorkin, the poem was entered in a contest last year, but didn’t become popular online until this summer, CBS reported. “It comes from Hasidic philosophy, which I learn daily and try to take to heart, so I try my best to live what I wrote,” Gorkin told CBS

This isn’t the first time reversible poetry has swept the internet. In February 2014, a similar poem was going viral.

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