If you can't be a pine on the top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley — but be
The best little scrub by the side of the rill;
Sure, this world is full of trouble
I ain't said it ain't.
Lord, I've had enough and double
Men build a road of Masonry
Across the hills and dales,
Unite the prairie and the sea,
Father's lodge, I well remember,
wasn't large as lodges go,
There was trouble in December
Douglas Malloch (May 5, 1877 – July 2, 1938) was an American poet, short-story writer and Associate Editor of American Lumberman, a trade paper in Chicago. He became known as a "Lumberman's poet" both locally and nationally. He is noted for writing Round River Drive and "Be the Best of Whatever You Are" in addition to many other creations. He was c ...