Douglas Malloch Poems
- Be the Best of Whatever You Ar... If you can't be a pine on the...
- The Masonry Of Spring Men say, 'How wonderful is Spring!' I...
- Building Brick by brick the Masons builded Till the highest...
- The Little Lodge Of Long Ago The Little Lodge of long ago — ...
- Always A Mason Let no king quite put off his crown! I still...
- Echoes Fine men have walked this way before, Whatever Lodge...
- Father's Lodge Father's lodge, I well remember, wasn't large...
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 commissioned to write the Michigan State Song.
Brother Malloch, as he was called, was born in Muskegon, Michigan which was known as a center of the lumbering industry. He grew up amidst the forest, logging camps, sawmills and lumber yards. He became famous among the people of twentieth century involved in the lumbering ... more »
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Be the Best of Whatever You Are
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;
Be a bush if you can't be a tree.
If you can't be a bush be a bit of the grass,
And some highway happier make;
If you can't be a muskie then just be a bass —
But the liveliest bass in the lake!
We can't all be captains, we've got to be crew,
There's something for all of us here,
There's big work to do, and there's lesser to do,
And the task you must do is the near.
If you can't be a highway then just be a trail,