Francis Duggan

You May Be Great At Something - Poem by Francis Duggan

Doggerels by the million are written by poetasters every day
And poetasters are many and poets are few they say
And artists may be many and good artists are few
And though you may be great at something there is one greater than you.

You may be great at something and only good things of you said
But don't lose track of reality don't leave success go to your head
For there is always somebody greater than you though great indeed you are
And to find your very equal you may not have to travel far.

Pele arguably the greatest footballer though some may not agree
And some will even tell you there is one greater than he
And even some who follow baseball with some conviction say
That Babe Ruth is not the greatest though the greatest of his day.

Some will tell you Jesse Owens was the World's best athlete
And others will tell you Carl Lewis would run him off his feet
And others will tell you Parvo Nurmi was greater far than they
Yet each in their own right great it would be fair to say.

Some will tell you that Pete Sampras was the world's greatest Tennis player
Whilst others say with Rod Laver there was none to compare
And in women's tennis some say Martina Navratilova or Steffi Graf
But you tell that to others and at you they will laugh.

You may be great at something but take it in your stride
And do not brag about yourself though in your deeds take pride
There's always someone better though the greats are few
But always do give credit where credit it is due.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 18, 2008

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