Treasure Island

Susan Sparks

(July 8,1957 / Fort Leavenworth, Kansas)

The Glare in the Glass

When you lose all you have in your battle with life

And you land on your ass in the snow

Just go to a mirror and look at yourself

And see if that man's Friend or Foe.

It's the choices you make that determine your Fate

Not your father's, your mother's, your wife's;

On that final day, will you reach Heaven's Gate

Or find eternal, Hell-filled strife?

He's the fellow to please, the Devil, your friend,

He'll teach you lies, games, & deceit

He'll stay with you clear to the bitterest end-

It's your Will that he wants to defeat.

You'll end up the Fool, full of misery and tears

You're destined for low Second Class

And your final reward will be blisters and sears

If you follow the Glare in the Glass.

Submitted: Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Edited: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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This poem was written as a parody to Dale Wimbrow's famous poem, The Guy in the Glass. It can be found on poet Jim Dunlap's website, Voices for Africa at

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