Jamie Sidwell

(August 23,1977 / Kansas City Kansas)

Tell On Yourself...


You tell on yourself by the friends you seek,

By the very manner in which you speak,

By the way you employ your leisure time,

By the use you make of dollar and dime.



You tell what you are by the things you wear,

By the spirit in which you your burdens bear;

By the kind of things at which you laugh,

By the records you play on the phonograph.



You tell what you are by the way you walk;

By the things of which you delight to talk,

By the manner in which you bear defeat,

By so simple a thing as how you eat.



By the books you choose from the well-filled shelf,

In these ways and more, you tell on yourself;

So there's really no particle of sense

In an effort to keep up false pretense.

Submitted: Sunday, December 18, 2005

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  • David Schare (10/23/2013 2:06:00 PM)

    I just recently came across a very old copy of this same poem. It was in a box that had been in storage for many, many years! Being one who has written many things over the years. Some of which I do have copyrights for. I fear perhaps of perhaps copying and putting a name on it could be in violation of someone's copyrights? The copy of Tell On Yourself I saw also says author unknown! and the name Jamie Sidwell is not listed on the copy I have either! Perhaps it should of been shown by J Sidwell as author unknown as well? ? (Report) Reply

  • Candice Simons (6/21/2013 11:32:00 PM)

    My grandmother used to read this to me when I was a small child. I still have the August 1947 print framed and hung on my wall. It is marked Author unknown 1947 (Report) Reply

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