The World Is A Beautiful Place Poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti

The World Is A Beautiful Place

Rating: 4.2


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

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Susan Williams 16 September 2014

I think e e cummings would love Lawrence Ferlinghetti' The World is a Beautiful Place

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 08 September 2014

A great writing and message is clear The world is a beautiful place which is a fact indeed. But unfortunately the world becomes something wrong in some times. The poem is very beautiful and great words.

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M Asim Nehal 18 February 2019

I agree with you..

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Jeanette Telusma 12 August 2017

Lovely write on The World Is A Beautiful Place. Thanks for sharing.

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Ben Dover 09 October 2019

Great poem by a wonderful person

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Dr Dillip K Swain 19 May 2022

Yes it is. A beautiful poem

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Dev Robinson 11 September 2020

This was very insightful. Great job.

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Quoth Theraven 05 September 2020

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

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Ezna Stephna 14 July 2020

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

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Erin Cowart 25 June 2020

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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