Poetry YouTube Poem

YouTube Poem: The Mediocre Myth

We are often victims of people‘s stories. Too often, family or friends define us, and their distorted view has stuck to us like an unwanted mole on our cheek.



For the print version of The Mediocre Myth and commentary, please visit LetterPile.com.

I am an author, poet, humorist, and short story writer from Palm Springs, California. I write about various topics, from my early childhood in Philadelphia to my years as a family therapist and finally to my soul-searching in California. These are poetic narratives that may have humorous or serious content or both. Either way, I hope my poetry and stories resonate with you.

17 comments on “YouTube Poem: The Mediocre Myth

  1. Apart from the overall theme of the poem, you look great sir, still do I´m sure.
    Nice to hear the voice behind the letters.

  2. Wow! What a great poem. It is sad that people allow labels to define them. Children, and young people in general, often feel so hurt by even one unkind comment. It is as though they mull it over again and again to see if there is any truth to it. Often, there is absolutely no truth to it at all. A person may actually be very jealous, or simply is very careless in the treatment of other people who says such unkind remarks. As I have aged and look back at different situations, and even today, when someone is cruel, I ask myself, ‘Is this a reliable source of information?’ Cruelty is never acceptable, and it is cruel to disparage other people.Think how different the world could be if people lifted one another up, instead of tearing them down. The best we can do is change the world ourselves; we can be that vote of confidence to the people around us…especially kids, who are just trying to grow up and be their best selves.

    • Linda, you made some good points. We have to take people’s comments with a grain of salt, which is especially difficult for a child or teen. Perhaps there is a way to make our children stronger emotionally. Hurtful comments, especially from peers is so prevalent that they have to learn that other people’s harsh or cruel words can’t define them. 🙏🏻🙏🏻

    • Very well said, Linda!

  3. This is a good lesson for all of us. You must take people’s hurtful comments with a grain of salt, as you said above. For one thing, people who are hurting themselves, sometimes take that hurt out on unsuspecting recipients.There are times when I have thought to myself, ‘How could someone make a comment like that?” All we can do is be our best selves, and not take comments like that to heart. And when it comes to young people, positive feedback is essential for their growth. The less negativity the better. I believe all people have God-given gifts and we want to help children discover their potential. Then, they go out into the world and make positive changes, not negative ones. Anyway, this is a wonderful poem…and it is a poem with a happy ending! 🙂

  4. When you write a poem or story, and you inspire others, you have done a good thing. It is not always easy to share our heartstrings with the world; and yet, when we do, we discover that all those delicate strands matter. I appreciate that you have shared your journey with great honesty. Sharing that truth not only sets you free, it inspire others to do the same.

  5. I do enjoy your videos, hearing the poems in your voice, rather than mine. (It was also nice to see your picture.)

  6. I love this poem! It displays strength and courage and just SO inspirational!!

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