Douglas Malloch
Muskegon, Michigan
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Be the Best of Whatever You Are

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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!
Thursday, August 27, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: uplifting
Shawn 12 November 2020
I believe it’s Road not rill, also a bass is a fish not pronounced base
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The great poet had tried his best to inspire to find out best within oneself.
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Susan 20 May 2018
Do you know where I can find a framed copy of this poem?
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Unnik 17 November 2017
Superb anf nice very esy and to teach and understand Can i get an audio and video copy of this. Poem
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Chinedu Dike 05 September 2015
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.
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