Underachieving Us

​The more I see people
Pushing human potential –
The more I think
We are underachieving
As a species –
And that God could not
Have created us –
No God worth
Any amount of Divinity –
Would have created
Anything so imperfect –
And third rate –
As us




Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

I don’t write many “free verse” poems where there’s no rhyme or structure. However, I had this thought on my mind and I couldn’t care to try to shape or alter it in any way aside from putting in some pauses with the long dashes – and keeping lines short visually. There was no one incident that led me to think of how underachieving we are as a species. It’s been a thought that’s been on my mind for decades and I finally decided to get it off my mind, as is.


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