The World is a Beautiful Place – 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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