Lawrence Ferlinghetti – The world is a beautiful place

I used to know the poem by heart. Today 7 days after the New Year and only a few more after Christmas I decided to write a SMS to a dear friend of mine. I am atheist, but yet I was hoping that the situation could get better over the Christmas. I received a simple reply: “They told me today, dad had only a few days left.”

I sent my condolences as I felt it was all I could do at the very moment to share the sorrow with my friend and immediately I remembered the poem:

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 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

by Lawrence Ferlinghetti
The poem that changed my life. Think about people you love, love yourself, love them. Life can be too short…

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