• Tom Boyd

“The World is Mine”

Today upon a bus, I saw a lovely maid with golden hair;

I envied her—she seemed so gay, and how, I wished I were so fair;

When suddenly she rose to leave, I saw her hobble down the aisle;

She had one foot and wore a crutch, but as she passed, a smile.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two feet—the world is mine.

I stopped to buy some sweets, the lad who served me had such charm;

He seemed to radiate good cheer, his manner was so kind and warm;

I said, “It’s nice to deal with you, such courtesy I seldom find”;

He turned and said, “Oh, thank you sir.” And then I saw that he was blind.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two eyes, the world is mine.

Then, when walking down the street, I saw a child with eyes of blue;

He stood and watched the others play, it seemed he knew not what to do;

I stopped a moment, then I said, “Why don’t you join the others, dear?”

He looked ahead without a word, and then I knew he could not hear.

Oh God, forgive me when I whine,

I have two ears, the world is mine.

With feet to take me where I’d go; With eyes to see the sunsets glow,

With ears to hear what I would know.

Oh, God, forgive me when I whine.

I am blessed indeed. The world is mine;

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