Happy Unfortunates

The deaf man is thankful for sight
The blind man is thankful for hearing
The dying are thankful for life
The ungrateful are thankful for nothing

The poor man is happy to talk
The orphan is glad he can sing
But the man dressed in satin
Educated in Latin
Is not happy about a thing

The jester makes merry his morsel
The servant treasures his trifling
Yet high on the throne
With his power alone
There’s demand for more land by the King

The happy are blessed with the sunlight
The hopeful are graced by their dreams
The humble need nothing but spirit
The thankless can never be pleased


Sometimes, I like to picture myself starving in Africa or digging through trash in the Mumbai slums. Suddenly, my life doesn’t seem so bad.


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