If you can’t be a pine on top of the hill,
Be a scrub in the valley- but be
The best little scrub at the side of the rill
Be a bush if you can’t be a tree
As in Joseph’s dream
The sheaves bowed down and then the stars bowed down
Before the dreaming of a little boy.
That dream got him such hatred of his brothers.
This stanza is taken from the poem “Be the Best of Whatever You Are” by Douglas Malloch.
It is a poem of encouragement and the main theme of the poem is that our goal cannot be that we are the best, because not everyone can be the best. For instance, not everyone can attain the first position, only one person can do that. But the poet urges the reader to try their best.
In these lines, he says that if you cannot achieve great success (pine on top of the hill) then attain success on a smaller level (scrub in the valley). However, do not give up, or consider yourself lesser for not being a ‘pine’. The main thing is to give it your best try, success is not as important as the try one puts forth, as it is the try that builds and shapes the character of an individual.
These lines are taken from the poem “September, the First Day of School” written by Howard Nemerov.
It is a coming of age poem about a father and his son’s first day of school. The poem describes the complex feelings of a father who is taking his son to his very first day of school. His father worries about the son being alone for the first time but hopes that in his teachers he may find a role model to guide him.
In this stanza, the poet refers to the dream of the Biblical figure Joseph. The poet relates the dream of Prophet Joseph who dreamt of bundles of wheat and then stars bowing down before him. When he related this dream to his father, Prophet Jacob, his brothers became jealous of him and began to hate him. The poet talks about Joseph’s dream that made Joseph’s brothers hate him and it cost Joseph a great part of his life and caused him great trouble, yet something very grand came of it in the end.
(i) He had been afraid to fly with them.
(ii) Can we simply pay cash?
(iii) It was a fine September night.
(iv) “Come here and sit down,” he’d say.
(v) This one, the scholarship jacket, was our only chance.
ا۔ وہ ان کے ساتھ اڑنےسے ڈرتا تھا۔
ب۔ کیا ہم نقد ادا کر سکتے ہیں۔
پ۔ ستمبر کی ایک خوبصورت رات تھی۔
ت۔ "ادھر آو اور بیٹھ جاؤ"، وہ کہے گا۔
ٹ۔ یہ اسکالرشپ جیکٹ ہمارا واحد موقع تھا۔
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