Thursday, September 12, 2013

Man in the Glass

"When you get what you want in your struggle for self 
And the world makes you king for a day 
Just go to a mirror and look at yourself 
And see what that man has to say 
For it isn't your father, mother or wife 
Whose judgment upon you must pass 
The fellow whos verdict counts most in your life 
Is the one staring back from the glass 
Some people may think you are straight-shootin' chum 
And call you a wonderful guy 
But if the man in the glass says you're only a bum 
If you can't look him straight in the eye 
He's the fellow to please, never mind all the rest 
For he's with you clear up to the end 
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test 
If the man in the glass is your friend 
You may fool the whole world down the pathway of life 
And get pats on the back as you pass 
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears 
If you've cheated the man in the glass."


  1. Nice! Thought provoking -- who is the author?

  2. The author is Peter "Dale" Wimbrow Sr. This link gives more information about the original author and the history of the poem: