Taming This Tyke's Voice Since 2007

Be The Best That You Could Be

If you are a tree
Be the best tree that you could be
Allow the hands of time
To mold your body
Be a sturdy seasoned tree
That you could be.


 If you’re not a tree

But a shrub only,

Be the best shrub that flourish

Your sight people will cherish.



If you’re not a shrub

But a herb only,

Be the best herb that heals

So people may live.


If you’re not a herb

But a weed only,

Be the best grass that’s green.

To console the people in pain.

The Best

And If fate would not make you any,

Then be just the soil maybe.

A fertile soil where seeds

Of herbs and weeds

And shrubs and trees would grow.


 Somehow, you would live in them;

You will bring them life ~

Becoming the best that you could be.


If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michaelangelo painted or Beethoven posed music or shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, here live a great street sweeper who did his job so well. ~ Martin Luther King


And when I die strew my dust-remains in the earth so trees may grow.

This week, the http://writersisland.wordpress.com prompts us to write about Persistence. I think this is how it should be.


19 responses

  1. Absolutely beautiful and inspiring too!


    PM000000110000002631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  2. Ah…. I think this is your best yet. And being the best soil is no small thing – without the soil, nothing else.

    PM000000110000001331 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  3. Very, very good! Yes it takes much persistence to be th best we can be.

    AM000000120000001031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  4. You’ve excelled yourself this time. Pure magic.

    AM00000030000001531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  5. Persistence, indeed! Nicely done…

    AM00000030000002531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  6. I came i read and I was impressed!

    AM00000030000000931 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  7. As my tell my students, even if you wash dishes, be the best there is! I simply loved this post.

    Please post it here:

    We must encourage that 9 year old boy!

    AM00000070000003731 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  8. And also post it on Read Write poem on Monday. The link is:


    AM00000070000003531 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  9. I like the message in this post, good photos too. Is that a young baobab in the first photo?

    PM00000010000005631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  10. what a triumphant post… very empowering,, making me realize that each of us has something to offer… no matter how small….

    PM00000060000001731 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  11. Hi Jeques,

    Thanks for your support for World Poetry Day. You are now on the contributors list on http://worldpoetryday.blogspot.com.
    Please post a back link to World Poetry Day. Thanks.

    Have a great day,
    happy easter,

    PM00000070000004731 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  12. Thanks for stopping by Read Write Poem. Lovely poem as essay and just right to read today!

    PM00000080000003231 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

  13. jeques, very nice, and very inspiring!

    AM000000120000002931 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  14. Yes indeed – being the best you can be takes persistence. Good job!

    AM00000070000005031 10, 2007 at 12:00 am03

  15. nice to see this inspirational post Jeques. loved the pics too. i hope im persistent enough to climb the next mountain hehe. happy easter

    PM00000050000003631 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm03

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  17. I know that I could ask you for your approval first. I found your poem through Google. After my job I wanted to come here, but you were first. Sorry again.

    AM00000030000004230 10, 2007 at 12:00 am04

  18. jeques,

    i totally agree on this one. whoever we are should be the best that we can be. we need to play our roles well. that is the true meaning of success, i guess.

    AM00000010000004230 10, 2007 at 12:00 am09

  19. BEAUTIFULLY expressed!

    PM00000070000004530 10, 2007 at 12:00 pm11

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