Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The World Is a Beautiful Place by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The world is a beautiful place 
to be born into 
if you don't mind happiness 
not always being 
so very much fun 
if you don't mind a touch of hell 
now and then 
just when everything is fine 
because even in heaven 
they don't sing 
all the time 
The world is a beautiful place 
to be born into 
if you don't mind some people dying 
all the time 
or maybe only starving 
some of the time 
which isn't half bad 
if it isn't you 
Oh the world is a beautiful place 
to be born into
if you don't much mind 
a few dead minds 
in the higher places 
or a bomb or two 
now and then 
in your upturned faces 
or such other improprieties 
as our Name Brand society 
is prey to 
with its men of distinction 
and its men of extinction 
and its priests 
and other patrolmen 
and its various segregations 
and congressional investigations 
and other constipations 
that our fool flesh 
is heir to  Yes the world is the best place of all 
for a lot of such things as 
making the fun scene 
and making the love scene 
and making the sad scene
  and singing low songs and having inspirations 
and walking around 
looking at everything 
and smelling flowers 
and goosing statues 
and even thinking 
and kissing people and 
making babies and wearing pants 
and waving hats and 
dancing 
and going swimming in rivers 
on picnics 
in the middle of the summer 
and just generally 
'living it up' 
Yes 
but then right in the middle of it 
comes the smiling 

mortician


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