Edgar Albert Guest

Birmingham / England
Edgar Albert Guest
Birmingham / England


Rating: 5.0
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,
I don't want to dress up myself in sham.
I want to go out with my head erect
I want to deserve all men's respect;
but here in the struggle for fame and wealth
I want to be able to like myself.
I don't want to look at myself and know that
I am bluster and bluff and empty show.
I never can hide myself from me;
I see what others may never see;
I know what others may never know,
I never can fool myself and so,
whatever happens I want to be
self respecting and conscience free.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
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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Lesego Williams 20 May 2019
Tho That was powerful GOD glass you with babys
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Thomas C Johnson 13 April 2019
I am a poet myself and I really enjoyed myself
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Mekayla leigh de 20 February 2019
i liked the poem very much and i hope you make more poems just like this one i read
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Juliana Hale 10 December 2018
This poem rocks good job Edgar Albert Guest i love your poem!
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nataly howard 26 November 2018
i love this poem LOveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
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