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Reactions to Excellence

(We ask ourselves, afterward, how it can be that so many of the greatest in arts history went virtually unrecognized until after their deaths.

It is because, among us, our first reaction to excellence tends not to be respectful admiration, but instead that least worthy and most destructive of emotions: petty jealousy)


Recorded Reading:


Reactions to Excellence

If I were a plumber
And I got to see
The most amazing coupling
Anywhere there ever be,

If I were a drover
Singing behind the herd
And I found the sweetest sound
That I had ever heard,

If I were a philosopher
Brought unto a theory
Of logical progression
And stunning clarity,

If I were a teacher
To excellence aspire
And got to witness
The greatest teachers inspire,

I’d welcome them with ecstasy
That in life I’d been honored thus —
And that is the very great
Difference between us


Among us, poets are ill paid. In order to continue her work, this one currently lives in her minivan, on an income of a fraction of our nation’s poverty level. If her work has moved, enabled or uplifted you, your contribution to this effort may be made at:



Published by Ana Daksina

Read worldwide one million times, Ana Daksina is a Troubador of the coming age.

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