Mediocre People Are Always At Their Best (from a NYC Toilet wall)


Talented, admired, famous, smart-attired,

Earning well;

In politics, the clergy, teaching, university

Professors, film directors:

Whew, it sounds as if they guide the masses.

Intellectual jackasses leading, bleeding us, that’s all!

I am not cynical.  It’s just

That I have learned to trust the prayer

That I can get to someplace higher

Than the plane I stand on here.

High among my fears, I fear self-satisfaction,

Where, in intellectual molasses

I’m convinced I’m something great.

When I doubt myself, that’s best,

Standards taking time to ripen;

Values forming, shifting, changing.


If discomfort is a test

And one’s content to never rest,

Mediocrity can be a phase short-lived.

Discontentment seems to me

The exit sign, and mediocrity

No absolute.

There’s hope, I hope.


So while my eyes are taking note

Of how the world is shaping up,

In the hope that from what’s been

Will rise a better thing –

If mediocre people really always are their best,

I have to wrest my case from all that is,

And go on living.


Mediocre People Are Always At Their Best 12.2.1998/revised for the 3rd time3.10.2016

Our Times, Our Culture II; A Sense Of The Ridiculous II; Nature of & In Reality; Revelations Big & Small;

Arlene Corwin



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