Belle Potter

Rookie (October 31,1987 / London)

The Man In The Glass - Poem by Belle Potter

When you get what you want in your struggles 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 or mother or wife

Whose judgment upon you must pass,

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you're a straight-shooting chum

And call you a wonderful guy.

But 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 to the end

And you've passed your most dangerous test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years

And get pats on the back as you pass

But your final reward will be heartache and tears

If you've cheated the man in the glass.

P.S I did not write this. Dale Wimbrow did in 1934. I'm just putting up cause I got it for an assignment in class and liked the meaning. Please don't comment that I didn't write this. You're an idiot if you don't read this and flame me.

Comments about The Man In The Glass by Belle Potter

  • (3/30/2009 8:52:00 PM)

    I have never read Dale Wimbrow. Great find. Thanks, I really enjoyed it. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, March 30, 2009

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