The Gal of Mediocrity

The things I can do
are so very few.
Many will judge
with a grudge.
Again and again
whatever my strain
they say rough
not good enough,
not good enough.
All in me
they will see
is a gal of mediocrity.

A small and clumsy child
and certainly not wild
I form letter upon letter
trying so hard to do better
but pulling out his belt
how painful it felt
then Papa says rough
not good enough,
not good enough.
Sadly what he
ever could see
is the gal of mediocrity

Doing my part
right from the start
running so hard,
but I’m not smart
running out of breath
it nearly feels like death
still the teacher says rough
not good enough,
not good enough.
All that she
then could see
is the gal of mediocrity

Moving my hands
until all time ends
no one mercy lends
I’m not among friends,
faster and faster I go
but still too slow.
They keep telling me rough
not good enough,
not good enough.
All of me
they can see
is the gal of mediocrity.

But there is one above me
Who knows perfectly
and so totally
what others can’t see
He’s entered my heart
right from the start
my burden He shares
because He cares
He never talks rough
but says
you’re good enough,
you’re good enough
Forever He
will love me
the gal of mediocrity.

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4 thoughts on “The Gal of Mediocrity”

    1. The owner of that site had most likely not read the poem, He probably clicked on an automatically produced link. But I’m glad he did, for his site is exactly what I’m opposing here, the constant drum beat, that you must be excellent, trying your best or being average is not good enough. The poem came to me, when I thought how often I’ve been discouraged in life, giving up nearly before even having started, although I would have so much liked to do certain things. But I had become my own worst critic, until I realized the standards of excellence set by others – or myself for that matter – are a lot of crock. Doing is better than not doing, whenever I put my love and soul into it. So what, if it turns out mediocre for somebody else’s taste. At the moment I’m ready to declare that I’m proud to be “the gal of mediocrity”

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