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I need literature to understand the world.

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Your Smile Is A Bridge To The World

You've got to get up every morning,
With a smile on your face,
You need to show to the world all the love that you hold,
Share your smile with the world and the world will smile you back.

Learn how to make a smile flourish on your face,
It is the priceless gift you can offer to your fellows,
In your smile resides your whole world, your atitude,
Your smile is a bridge to the world.

Learn how to enjoy your life every minute,
Be happy now, do not waste your time,
Every moment you have is so worthy,
Do not wait for your future to make you happy, live the moment now.

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We Are the World - Michael Jackson

There comes a time
When we heed a certain call,
When the world must come together as one.
There are people dying,
And it's time to lend a hand,
to life, the greatest gift of all.
We can't go on
Pretending day by day,
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change.
We are all a part of
God's great big family,
And the truth, you know love is all we need.
(Chorus)
We are the world,
We are the children,
We are the ones who make a brighter day,
So let's start giving.
There's a choice we're making,
We're saving our own lives,
It's true, we'll make a better day,
Just you and me. (end)
Send them your heart,
So they know that someone cares,
And their lives will be stronger and free.
As God has shown us,
By turning stone to bread,
So we all must lend a helping hand.
(Chorus)
When you're down and out,
There seems no hope at all.
But if you just believe,
There's no way we can fall.
Well, well, well, well, let us realize
That a change will only come
When we stand together as one.
(Chorus) x 5

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Worth the World

You stare at me through contacts
Beneath your blonde highlights
Do i deserve discrimination
When i avoid your eyes
Ive never been jealous
Of your phoney blue eyes
But how easy people love you
Is what i envy all the time
I guess we all want to be
Worth the world to someone
I guess we all need to be
Worth the world to someone
But you have cast me in the shadows
Your kind have thrown me in the back
Ive been sheltered in the darkness
And spared from their attack
So now im standing up again
Im so tired of who you claimed i am
By the way i look or dress
So dont tell me what i can or cant
Because its basic to want
To be worth the world to someone
And we know we both want
To be worth the world to someone
When a black sun is setting
On the notions of the past
It seems like this will last
Because what pains me most
Is that a label on my forhead
Bearing shallow hatred
Reviews the life ive led
I still wish i were
Worth the world to someone
We all wish we were
Worth the world to someone
Ive tried so hard to mean something
Ive sold my SELF away
It hurts me to be nothing
In a tortured life this way
Im not even trying
To hurl any blame at you
Or those who dragged me down here
But when will you ever realize
The overlooked are still alive

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We Are The World (demo)

Written and Composed by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie
There comes a time when we need a certain call
When the world must come together as one
There are people dying
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life
The greatest gift of all
We can't go on pretending day by day
That someone, somehow will soon make a change
We're all a part of God's great big family
And the truth - you know love is all we need
( CHORUS )
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day
so let's start giving
There's a choice we're making
We're saving our own lives
It's true we'll make a better day
Just you and me
Well, send'em your heart
So they know that someone cares
And their lives will be stronger and free
As God has shown us
By turning stone to bread
And so we all must lend a helping hand
( REPEAT CHORUS )
When you're down and out
There seems no hope at all
But if you just believe
There's no way we can fall
Well, well, well, let's realize
That one change can only come
When we stand together as one
( REPEAT CHORUS AND FADE )
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There comes a time when we heed a certain call (Lionel Richie)
When the world must come together as one (Lionel Richie & Stevie Wonder)
There are people dying (Stevie Wonder)
Oh, and it's time to lend a hand to life (Paul Simon)
The greatest gift of all (Paul Simon/Kenny Rogers)
We can't go on pretending day by day (Kenny Rogers)
That someone, somehow will soon make a change (James Ingram)
We're all a part of God's great big family (Tina Turner)
And the truth (Billy Joel)
You know love is all we need (Tina Turner/Billy Joel)
( CHORUS )
We are the world, we are the children
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Michael Jackson)
There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Diana Ross)
It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Michael Jackson/Diana Ross)
Well, send'em your heart so they know that someone cares (Dionne Warwick)
And their lives will be stronger and free (Dionne Warwick/Willie Nelson)
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread (Willie Nelson)
And so we all must lend a helping hand (Al Jurreau)
( REPEAT CHORUS )
We are the world, we are the children (Bruce Springsteen)
We are the ones who make a brighter day so let's start giving (Kenny Logins)
There's a choice we're making we're saving our own lives (Steve Perry)
It's true we'll make a better day just you and me (Daryl Hall)
When you're down and out there seems no hope at all (Michael Jackson)
But if you just believe there's no way we can fall (Huey Lewis)
Well, well, well, let's realize that a change can only come (Cyndi Lauper)
When we (Kim Carnes)
stand together as one (Kim Carnes/Cyndi Lauper/Huey Lewis)
(REPEAT CHORUS AND FADE )
(additional ad-lib vox by Bob Dylan, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen, James Ingram)

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As The World Goes On Without Any Special Need Of My Services

AS THE WORLD GOES ON WITHOUT ANY SPECIAL NEED OF MY SERVICES

As the world goes on without any special need for my services
I sit and write my little poems
Even the lives of those most cared about by me
Go on now largely without my help -

Being old is often being irrelevant
And so I so often am now -

I write these words too
As if I understand
That those who share my feeling and situation
Will not necessarily be moved or helped by them.

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The World Today Does Not Need A Poem

THE WORLD TODAY DOES NOT NEED A POEM

The world today
Does not need a poem

It exists as it exists
Satisfied in itself
Happy, at peace.

It needs nothing
And wants nothing.

It is rich and easy
Bright and blessed.

The World today does not need a Poem,

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The World Does Not Need Another Poem Of Despair

THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER POEM OF DESPAIR

The world does not need another poem of Despair-
Complaint-
The world needs Kindness Joy Love Hope.

And who will give it to them?

Somewhere else young voices begin to be heard
While the old and sad fade away.

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The world will never understand

The world will never understand our love
So we'll not judge it by their measures.
We'll just accept it as a gift
And guard it as our treasure.

I have been fighting with a worldly view.
Now let me heal those wounds
I've inflicted on you.
Keep me mindful of our origin of truth.

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The World Does Not Need My Poem

The world does not need my poem
Soon it will not need me-
A few people need me,
They will need me when I am not here-
I will disappoint them by not being here-
It is the last thing in the world I want to do
To disappoint the few who really matter-
But what to do?

I am just another human being
Another mortal on this earth
It is not given to me,
What is not given to anyone else
Even though I so much want it.

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Change The World?

do you know what
will really change the world?
when we learn how to listen...
not just with our ears,
but with our minds,
with our hearts,
with eyes that have seen,
and known...
and so can see
our selves in others!
listen...
with compassion...
without condemnation,
or judgement.
with silence,
no need to correct,
or give advice.
with our hands,
open and willing to help.
with our feet,
ready to walk beside!
to listen...
as if to the sound
of our own hearts beating...
to listen,
and to understand!

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If I Could Change the World

If I could change the world
I would rid the world of poverty

If there was no poverty
There would be no demand for resources

If there was no demand for resources
There would be no need for war

If there was no war
We could live in a state of peace and understanding

If we could understand everyone else
I would not see any bullying or racism

If my ability to influence others grew
None would be without love

If there was an unceasing source of love
There would be no criminals

If there were no criminals
Everyone would be safe, no matter what

Oh! All the things I would do
If I could change the world

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Most boring man in the world

I’m always where… I’m sposed to be
Always doin’ what I’m sposed to be doin’

Never lookin’ where… I shouldn’t be lookin
Nor talking trash or rumor strewin’

No telling’ lies, except for the lil’ white ones
Pretty much walkin’ the proverbial straight line

Gave up smoking’, don’t do much drinkin’
Maybe a beer a week, occasional glass of wine

I take a nightly shower even if I don’t really need one
Never kick my dog, and only rarely kick the cat

Never badmouth the people around me
Though they’re getting’ godawful fat

I’m eating right, watchin’ my weight
Working out at the Y, constantly weighin’ myself

I’m always on time, hardly ever late
Reading’ box labels, then puttin’ them back on the shelf

Suckin’ in my gut and standing up straight
Brushin’ my teeth… poppin’ wintergreen mints

I’m always on time, never arrive late
My breath is so nice it makes the bank teller wince

I have most of the virtues of a fairly good man
My hair is lustrous, silver grey, slightly curled

I have all of those attributes, yet even I understand
I’m also the most boring… man in the world

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My Mother: The Best In The World

My Mother: The Best in the World! !

You are always there for me
Only and only for me
The role model of my life
Your love and affection
Always encourages me on different stages of life
I respect you a lot, mother I love you a lot.
You know exactly what to say and do
You're always there when I'm feeling blue
I fall down and hurt my knee
But you always there for me
you pick me up, pat my head
Careful next time is what you say

When I am scared you hold my hand
Explain things I don't understand
you teach what I need to know
the things that help me to learn and grow

You know exactly what to say and do
you’re always there when I'm feeling blue

When I was learning to draw
and it was getting real tough
you didn't let me quit said not to give up
Well, I love you mom

I gave you a flower, true love is power
Hug me for what seem like hours
Put it in a vase and smiled for days
you always said you're proud of me

One word will not do, I need two more
To say I love you, and another I love you mom
Throw up my hands, scratch my head
What's the best gift that I can give
You just said it, oh yeah I love you mom

I love you mom, I love you mom

You know exactly what to say and do
you’re always there when I'm feeling blue
you know I love you mama
Oh, yes you know it's true
you know that I love you mom.

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Around The World

Refrain:
Can you feel it
Can you feel it
What it means to hold a hand
Ive been around the world
Can you feel it
Can you feel it
What it means to have a friend
Ive been around the world
Refrain B:
If you need a hand, you can find a friend
In every nation, of this world
If you need a hand, you can find a friend
In every nation, of this world
Rap 1:
Ive been around the world, saw the desert and the rainbow
I go for the show, from the sand to the snow
Moskau to Manila, Milano to Beijng
Caracas to Capetown and back to Montreal
Stop running everyday from the pain, say no go
Driving you insane, no shame that you want let show
Call my name, I feel the same when you have sorrow
Grow let it go, there will always be a tomorrow
Rap 2:
All around the world, when you need a friend
Ill be there, anywhere, dont care, with a helping hand
Understand one another till the end
I swear, Im fair, I care, always gonna be there
Black, white, yellow, no matter if youre young or old
All for one, one for all, thats what my mother told me
Different colours and faces, find the trace
To your base embrace this human race
Life, will flow like a waterfall
Ive been around the world saw the desert and the rainbow
Rap 3:
Ive been around the world, saw the desert and the rainbow
I go for the show, from the sand to the snow
From New York to Paris, Sao Paulo to London
Sidney to Munich and back to Jakarta
Huge and unvorgetable China
People so open much more as I expected
Invincible pleasure in Brasil, Samba
Fond of life, there was no time to chill
Ive been around the world a thousand times for sure
Could be more explore before you walk through that door

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The World At Large

Ice-age heat wave, can't complain.
If the world's at large, why should I remain?
Walked away to another plan.
Gonna find another place, maybe one I can stand.
I move on to another day,
to a whole new town with a whole new way.
Went to the porch to have a thought.
Got to the door and again, I couldn't stop.
You don't know where and you don't know when.
But you still got your words and you got your friends.
Walk along to another day.
Work a little harder, work another way.
Well uh-uh baby I ain't got no plan.
We'll float on maybe would you understand?
Gonna float on maybe would you understand?
Well float on maybe would you understand?
The days get shorter and the nights get cold.
I like the autumn but this place is getting old.
I pack up my belongings and I head for the coast.
It might not be a lot but I feel like I'm making the most.
The days get longer and the nights smell green.
I guess it's not surprising but it's spring and I should leave.
I like songs about drifters - books about the same.
They both seem to make me feel a little less insane.
Walked on off to another spot.
I still haven't gotten anywhere that I want.
Did I want love? Did I need to know?
Why does it always feel like I'm caught in an undertow?
The moths beat themselves to death against the lights.
Adding their breeze to the summer nights.
Outside, water like air was great.
I didn't know what I had that day.
Walk a little farther to another plan.
You said that you did, but you didn't understand.
I know that starting over is not what life's about.
But my thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth.
My thoughts were so loud I couldn't hear my mouth.
My thoughts were so loud.

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Patrick White

A Vision Of Grief In The World

A vision of grief in the world, so vast and varied,
so intimately specific, so peculiar to each one of us,
we stratify it in our brains like the fossil shapes
of wavelengths and membranes layered
like the flying carpets of the Burgess Shale
or the sediment of a mindstream slowing down
to deposit itself in the book of experience.
Things we couldn't understand at the time
and still don't, turmoils of stardust
that fogged our clarity up like a windshield
and taught the heart that feeling
cannot only be a chandelier but a chainsaw
in an old growth forest as well
no matter how many nails for the best of reasons
you drive into the messiah you're trying to save.

We're always pouring mirages into
the white gold goblets of the moon
and confusing our lunancy
with the hilarity of being drunk enough
to delude us into thinking we've escaped our sorrow
by covering our eyes to outrun the light.

Sometimes I can look at a housefly missing one wing,
rowing in circles on its back on a windowsill,
and my heart overwhelms me with a flashflood of tears
rising from an unknown watershed deep inside,
a subliminal empathy for everything that is lost,
broken, and alone, seriously alone, when
they turn the lights out in the labyrinth for the night,
and the wounded lab rats settle down
in the corners of their cages with their backs
up against the wall, until tommorow when
the lights go on again like a Pavlovian dawn,
and the savage humans come with their tormentive deaths
to kill the way they kill each other
with expedience and enlightened self interest
that whisper like contractors in the shadows
of pleonastic alibis for perpetual war against the world.

No less susceptible than I have been all along
to what is emerging like a dark harmony from my confusion,
my well-informed bafflement, this road I've been walking
like a revolution on crutches ever since we lost,
as if there were no other way but love and understanding
even when you're ready, six times a day
to concede defeat without giving your assent
to the way chaos turned out in retrospect. Time
sweetens the apple into an approximately habitable planet
even if it's not Eden, and peace beguiles the soul
like someone left alone too long to the intimacy of their solitude
but the sadness of a seasoned overview mingles
in the sugars of life as well, and the heart, the heart
hangs heavily in space with no sight of a planet
under its feet anymore, except the abyss of it all
with nothing to fall toward or away from anymore.
A black sheep shepherd moon with nowhere to pasture
in the starfields on the back slopes of the world mountain,
with nothing to graze on but the symbols
that swarm its breakthrough into the available dimensions
of a future that can't happen a while longer without it.

Human nature, an alloy of the highest and the lowest,
a three-edged sword, drawn like iron and blood out of the ore,
folded and hammered on the anvils of the stars
and tempered in the valleys of the fireflies
where cooler heads prevail, or the nib
of a silver plough farming the dark side of the moon
as if it were seeding sacred syllables in its wake
hoping they would spread like the hermetic lunacy
of tryng to make bread to share with those who hunger,
out of wildflowers. I was born with a bellyful of those
who try to make what people need seem as beautiful
as the gaping aviomantic fountainmouths they never feed.

Michelangelo at Sotheby's, Shakespeare at the Bodleian,
how many families could culture sustain
if it actually got as real as grain in their bloodstreams,
instead of auctioning off the windows
as if Galileo painted something as obscene
upon the corrective lenses of his Dutch telescope
as pockmarks on the moon and sunspots on perfections
as one cardinal suggested he did
instead of looking as far as any of these three
into what is well beyond any of us to comprehend and forgive
insomuch if it's done unto these,
it's done unto the rest of us as well?
We should worry about a lot more than just cholesterol
placking the heart at its tinkling soirees
suggestively pointing out the gestures
of meaningful insignificance that beset our labours.
We should check out, to maintain our own well being,
whether our art has a green thumb or not,
or we're just leaving
the crumbs of our dreams in the corners
of other people's eyes to nibble their way

out of a dark wood into the threshed gardens
and empty silos that ring as hollow as a carillon of bells
summoning a sad, sad seance to leave ghost food out for the dead.

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I Discover The World In India

red vermillion streaked hair
a red wattled lapwing
orange, same time each day, sunrises and sunsets
yellow and black taxi colours, yellow temple flags, bright yellow confectionery shops, yellow bright fragrant perfume shops
green lush city pot plants, green lush country side
light blue warm skies, light blue cool cabs
indigo blue dupattas, turbans
navy blue trains, absence of starchy navy blue suits
sexy, pink, curved, massive majestic palaces, pink film posters
gold and glass chhum chhummy bangles
one purple TV happily watched by hundreds of labourers, purple crow sounds
gold chhum chhummy payals
white nehru jackets, pyjamas and kurtas, white cracking paint on grand old victorian buildings, white floor seating
_______
I discover

white clear eyes, white teeth behind white greetings
gold namastes
purple glee at fairs, purple glee when trying new technology and at receiving smallest of gifts
gold helping hands
many pink smiles
navy blue restful sleep on pavements, on roof terraces
indigo blue uniforms on giving railway porters
light blue singing on pavements, in big halls
limitless sincere green hospitality
endless yellow courtesy and welcomes
orange early morning school uniforms and school bags
an orange headed minla
red eyed hard working farmers and labourers
_______
the world

red rose petals in idol garlands, red rose petals at feet of idols
orange marigolds and sadhus, orange sacred cows
yellow rose petals in idol garlands, at feet of idols
a yellow eurasian golden eriole
green mango leaf awnings at entrances
light blue shiny clothes for deities, light blue ganges, light blue yamuna, light blue ceremonies
indigo blue in ancient temple and church paintings, indigo blue in contemporary art , indigo blue art and artists everywhere
navy blue backdropp in Shree Nathji's haveli
pink garlands on shiv lings, pink stained rice in flower formations on pooja tables
gold crowns for goddesses and gods
purple checks on worship lungis
gold ornaments on idols in gold temples, gold borders on worship saris
white churches, brahmins clad in white, stirring orators in white, ancient white stone sculptures and carvings
_____
in India

white barfi, white lassi, white raw and crunchy radishes
gold basundi, gold masala dosas, gold pani puris
purple decorations on diwali sweets
gold butter on hot chapattis, gold alfonso mangoes
pink faloodas
navy blue seating at street eateries
indigo blue burps of satisfaction
light blue cool choice of drinks
green cardamon in paan, green pistachios in shrikhand, green coconuts on street corners, fresh green vegetables sold in small portions
a green headed red billed leothrix, a green blue throated barbet, a green bee eater
yellow ladoos, yellow potato curries, yellow dhall
orange jalebis, orange tandoors, dark orange tamarind
red saffron tints
___________________
I discover the world in India


red sa re ga ma pa dha ni sa
orange shlokas
yellow ghazals
green soft flute by Shree HP Chaurasia
light blue modern bollywood songs, light blue ragas
a light blue touched hooded pitt, a light blue tailed rose ringed parakeet
indigo blue old bollywood songs
navy blue moods in Kathak, navy blue Shree Zubin Mehta
pink santoor
gold sitar, golden tabla beats, golden dholak beats
purple choruses
gold glowing moods in processions
white raas garbas, white bhangra

white snatches of awareness, white holy days, white fasting days, white cricket love
gold bands at weddings
purple hymns on busy commuter buses
gold shehnai
pink sounds of evenings in alleys and chowks
navy blue smiles amidst monsoon puddles, some bad roads and occasional traffic chaos
indigo blue musical and sometimes irritating mobile phone tones
an indigo blue headed chaffinch
light blue announcements on radio, TV, railway stations and airports
green thrashing sounds to get sugar cane juice
yellow samosa frying sounds
orange car, taxi and auto rickshaw horns
red foot steps of Bharat Natyam

red innocence in red and gold bridal saris
orange cheekiness in children
somehow, old yellow and modern yellow activity from within
green orphanages, green bright mansions and slick green apartment blocks
light blue smiles even in adversity, light blue modern highways
indigo blue repose in the noise
navy blue prevailing hope and optimism, navy blue long nailed classical princes, a navy blue red flanked bluetail
pink blessings from elderly women
gold landscape, turrets, towers
purple modern malls, purple small markets, purple industry
gold efforts of rickshaw drivers, taxi drivers, maids, shop assistants, railway workers, dhobi wallahs, small market vendors, liftmen, waiters, cooks, barbers, bollywood extras and so many others
a gold flaked tawny owl
white existence, white commitment, white taj mahal, white himalayas
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I discover the world in India

white meditation techniques
gold yoga
purple ayurveda
a purple necked rock pigeon
gold chants
pink grace at every temple
a pink billed ibisbill
navy blue yogis in forests
indigo blue laughter and chat
light blue Shree Rabindranath Tagore
green sense of culture and literature
yellow Shree Vyasaji’s Bhagvad Gita
orange Shree Vyasaji’s Mahabharata
red hope through the dust and fumes

red speed, red drive
strong orange family ties
yellow sense of balance
green approach and life
light blue communication
indigo blue clarity, indigo blue incense sticks
navy blue elegance
pink power of achievement
gold substance, gold temple bells, gold aartis, gold honour
a gold bottomed orange bellied leafbird
purple synchronisation
gold focus, moving cymbal sounds
white real ease, white bowing and touching feet
a dancing multi coloured peacock
______________
I discover the world
______
in India
_______________
I discover the world
________
in India
_______
I discover


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reading note- there are words you may not understand. I recommend web searches for these as then you will have your own Indian journey

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The World

As it has been said,
Let it be done;
For, we are the children of Yahweh! !
And, the world does not understand us.

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For The World To Float

Thoughts, words and deeds in harmony,
One need not practice religions.
Even he can be an atheist.
The world will not sink, rather float.

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The World Does Not Wait/For A Poem It Will Never Listen To

THE WORLD DOES NOT WAIT

The world does not wait
For a poem it will never listen to
Silence is easy to bear.
My poem
Small as it is
Soft as it is
Shakes no great world to its foundation.
Little lines
Little lives
Great love
And it need not be registered at all.

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