Douglas Malloch

(1877 - 1938 / Muskegon, Michigan)

Be the Best of Whatever You Are - Poem by Douglas Malloch

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,
If you can't be the sun be a star;
It isn't by size that you win or you fail —
Be the best of whatever you are!

Topic(s) of this poem: uplifting


Comments about Be the Best of Whatever You Are by Douglas Malloch

  • Chinedu Dike (9/5/2015 12:27:00 AM)


    What's worth doing in any case is worth doing well. A well articulated, nicely encapsulated piece of poetry insightfully penned with conviction. A lovely poem with beautiful rhyme scheme. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Poem Edited: Thursday, August 27, 2015


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