"The world is a beautiful place"

The world is a beautiful place
to be born into
if you don’t mind happiness
not always being
2/ 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
4/ if you don’t mind some people dying
all the time
or maybe only starving
some of the time
5/ which isn’t half so 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
7/ 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
9/ 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

11/ and singing low songs of having
and walking around
looking at everything
12/ and smelling flowers
and goosing statues
and even thinking
and kissing people and
making babies and wearing pants

13/ and waving hats and
and going swimming in rivers
on picnics
14/ in the middle of the summer
and just generally
‘living it up’

but then right in the middle of it
15/ comes the smiling

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti


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