In Praise of Mediocrity

Poem written by Saad El-Asha on Thursday 24, December %10

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In Praise of Mediocrity I have long been a perfectionist, Aiming for the highest of the low. Germs of genius evade me, As I find no difficulty detecting them; I look at beauty and recognize it, I take it in and let it guide me to the Other. By the rivers of the creative, I sit up and look upon messages, as they cross my path once, and I smile upon the pure and filthy, when I testify that I shall never create any. Mediocrity is never erroneous or superfluous, It takes care of business: It looks up to purity and filth, where they in turn deem it unbearable. Mediocrity is the great equalizer that pats death on its back and carries on living.

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  • Nice poem. I like the imagery and Pace. I'm a perfectionist as well. What I get from this poem is that you strive for perfection but you admire mediocrity. I've never looked at it that way before. I think a true perfectionist would find mediocrity really annoying. However you may be a perfectionist who has transcended to a higher level and can admire mediocrity rather than reject it. Or maybe you find perfection in mediocrity. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it. Either way you got me to stop and think about it. That is all we can hope for as writers. Good job.
    - December 30 2020 06:24:50
    • Thank you, David. Your words pleased me. Smile
      - December 30 2020 19:59:20
      • Oh, my. That last line is a superb reflection on the bulk of humanity. Well done, my friend.
        - January 09 2021 20:02:41
        • Happy New Year, Kt. <3
          - January 10 2021 08:51:40
          • I am a bit late to the party, but this was an excellent little poem to read Smile A good pace and great imagery. Keep it up Smile
            - February 10 2021 17:59:57