Be the Best of Whatever You Are

By Douglas Malloch

Elderkin, the McDonogh Lower School

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 hill;
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!

A lower school play day

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!


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