Τρίτη, 30 Απριλίου 2013

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.

text: Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Pictures of the Gone World 11 (γνωστότερο σαν The World is a Beautiful Place), από το βιβλίο Pictures of the Gone World, City Lights 1955.
music: Lawrence Ferlinghetti  - #11 (From Pictures of the Gone World) από το A Coney Island of the Mind CD του 1999 στη Rykodisc, όπου ο Ferlinghetti διαβάζει -για μένα τόσο ωραία ώστε μόνο με τον Burroughs μπορεί να συγκριθεί- μπροστά στο μικρόφωνο, μεταξύ άλλων και το συγκεκριμένο ποίημα με μουσική υπόκρουση του σαξοφωνίστα Dana Colley.