poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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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

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Ixe Ixe (9/20/2020 4:35:00 AM)

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  • Dev Robinson (9/11/2020 7:42:00 PM)

    This was very insightful. Great job.

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  • Quoth TheravenQuoth Theraven (9/5/2020 4:38:00 PM)

    Yes, the world is a beautiful place..
    if you don't mind it.

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  • Ezna StephnaEzna Stephna (7/14/2020 12:01:00 AM)

    Beautiful penned with your magic words about this beautiful world...++10

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  • Erin CowartErin Cowart (6/25/2020 7:58:00 AM)

    I loved the poem! So many times we get caught up in the sadness, corruption, and brutality of the world that we fail to see the little things that make it truly worth living.

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  • Julie KingJulie King (1/11/2020 9:06:00 PM)

    written with honesty and felt by the truth of it... well conveyed Lawrence

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  • anonymous (11/17/2019 9:32:00 PM)

    : > ........................................................meh

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  • Ben Dover (10/9/2019 9:37:00 AM)

    Great poem by a wonderful person

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    Moe Lester(10/9/2019 9:46:00 AM)

    I’m a wonderful person too! ! !

    Moe Lester(10/9/2019 9:45:00 AM)

    It really captures the feel of our world today!

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  • Jane Campion (7/16/2019 3:59:00 PM)

    This poem has a realistic view.

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  • Ted Crittenden (3/23/2019 4:58:00 PM)

    Happy 100th Birthday

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/19/2019 4:49:00 AM)

    Wonderful and hopeful words. I loved the complete poem. Thank you for sharing the outstanding poetry.

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (2/18/2019 10:59:00 PM)

    A marvelous description of the beauties in the world making a birth in it and living in it meaningful. One must enjoy even grief and adverse conditions if one wants to live meaningfully. Outstanding poem.

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (2/18/2019 9:24:00 AM)

    Loved the poem and it’s beautiful ending. Life is beUtiful with all it’s dualities, it’s challenges and aspirations.

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  • Liam Mcdonnell (12/15/2018 6:38:00 PM)

    I cannot find a search box for a poet or poem very frustrating

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  • Caroline Glen (8/28/2018 9:02:00 AM)

    sardonic - great for its honesty and strength of thought..

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  • Narayan Naik (5/31/2018 2:56:00 AM)

    very nice poem...each and every line was nice

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  • Gazza (5/11/2018 4:08:00 AM)

    That really cheered me up - not!

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