Douglas Malloch

Douglas Malloch

About Douglas Malloch

American 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.

    Poems by Douglas Malloch

  • The Widow-Maker

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    A loose limb hangs upon a pine three log-lengths from the ground,
    A norway tumbles with a whine and shakes the woods around.
    The loose limb plunges from its place and zigzags down below;
    And Jack is lying on his face—there's red upon the snow.

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  • Undergrowth

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    It ain't the trees that block the trail,
    It ain't the ash or pine;
    For, if you fall or if you fail,
    It was some pesky vine

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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.

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    Two years ago I was in depression and isolated. I felt frequently that I was worthless and deserved no love, no appreciation, no friends. I kept myself aloof from everyone, thinking that I...

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  • It's Fine Today

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    Sure, this world is full of trouble
    I ain't said it ain't.
    Lord, I've had enough and double
    Reason for complaint;

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    Wow, this poem gives a cool perspective on life. This poem makes one realize worrying doesn't help.

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  • Good Timber

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    The tree that never had to fight
    For sun and sky and air and light,
    But stood out in the open plain
    And always got its share of rain,

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    Poetry is a passionate way of expressing our innermost thoughts, emotions, spirit, and love, amongst other things. As I read this poem, I thought of a very humble gentleman who lost his...

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