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I have to live with myself and so
I want to be fit for myself to know.
I want to be able as days go by,
always to look myself straight in the eye;
I don't want to stand with the setting sun
and hate myself for the things I have done.
I don't want to keep on a closet shelf
a lot of secrets about myself
and fool myself as I come and go
into thinking no one else will ever know

the kind of person I really am,
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Heap O'calorie 10 October 2017

This is not the poem as it was written by the Edgar Guest. I see see two places where words were changed. Man changed to person and pelf changed to wealth. I don't know if the changes were made by this website or if they just ignorantly published an incorrect version of this poem. It is not within anyone's prerogative to change the words of an authors work. If you don't understand a word such as pelf don't assume it's wrong. Look it up and learn something.

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Wayne Kilgore 26 August 2017

I really wish you feminist and politically correcting a-holes would stop changing the texts of great poetry. You folks remind me of the same jerks that would want to put clothes on the statues from Michelangelo or alter the great paintings that do not depict your moral principles. The 11th line is supposed to read: The kind of man I really am, not person. Please look up the poem before you post someones altered version. Edgar A. Guest was a man, he wrote the poem about himself, not the feminist a-holes out there that want to push their BS on everyone else. If you don't agree, then please, write a poem yourself and not alter someones to support your views. Thanx

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Manonton Dalan 14 December 2015

appreciation of oneself is good start of the day

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Melissa Patty 23 April 2016

Spoken from the heart! Loved reading this

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nataly howard 26 November 2018

i love this poem LOveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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John Lewis 06 November 2020

I learned this poem back in the 1940’s, and still try to go by it’s lessons. I was in grammar school at the time. Never forgot it....

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Connye Harris Jones 19 September 2020

I learn this poem in the 12 the grade in High School. It was use to build self worth in your self. I had never forgotten it.

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Rita Whiting 15 August 2020

This is one of my favorite poems. My grandmother taught it to me, and I had to recite it at talent shows and church programs. My first cousin recited it with me.

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Jackie Stockton 04 December 2019

I had to memorize this poem as a child. It has always stuck with me. At 65, I still love it.

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va.Mini 25 October 2019

My mother had me memorize this poem as a child. IT IS Still and always pertinent and applicable. Worthy of keeping current.

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