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.
About Douglas MallochAmerican poet Douglas Malloch was born on May 5, 1877, in Muskegon, Michigan. Living in the center of the lumber industry meant Malloch was surrounded by forests, logging camps, and lumber yards. These simple roots were the inspiration for his poetry. He quickly became famous as a “Lumberman’s poet.” In addition to being a poet, story-story writer, and associate editor, he wrote the Michigan State Song. Douglas Malloch passed away on July 2, 1938.
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