POEM: THE WORLD IS MINE

Today upon a bus I saw a girl with golden hair;
She seemed so gay, I envied her, and wish that I were half so fair;
I watched her as she rose to leave, and saw her hobble down the aisle.
She had one leg and wore a crutch, but as she passed - a smile.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two legs-the world is mine.
Later on I bought some sweets. The boy who sold them had such charm,
I thought I'd stop and talk a while. If I were late, t'would do no harm.
And as we talked he said, "Thank you, sir, you've really been so kind.
It's nice to talk to folks like you because, you see, I'm blind."
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two eyes-the world is mine.
Later, walking down the street, I met a boy with eyes so blue.
But he stood and watched the others play; it seemed he knew now what to do.
I paused, and then said, "Why don't you join the others, dear?"
But he looked straight ahead without a word, and then I knew, he couldn't hear.
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I have two ears-the world is mine.
Two legs to take me where I go,
Two eyes to see the sunset's glow,
Two ears to hear all I should know,
Oh, God, forgive me when I whine;
I'm blest, indeed, the world is mine.

- Dr. Tennyson Guyer