Way before it became a voguish phrase
you drummed this matchless attitude into us
When one complained about her long nose
You said: Be grateful it has its sense of smell
Leprosy could have left just a gaping hole instead!
Another grumbled about her ugly feet
You admonished: be grateful you can walk on your own
Ask their importance to someone who has lost a single toe!
The third one hankered for the sweetness
of a nightingale in her voice
Be grateful, you enjoined
You do not know the choking distress of a deaf-mute's mind!
We expressed discontent about everything under the sun
Be grateful. It could have been worse
You are amply blessed by His Holy Grace
was your ceaseless comment.
It was difficult to implement at first
Wiser now, we are thankful to have been so blest
Mother and Father dearest
You were heaven's most precious gift to us.