Friday, August 2

The Guy in the Glass

 I just love this poem so thought you might like to read it too. . .

The Guy in the Glass
   by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934
When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you King for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that guy has to say.
For it isn't your Father, or Mother, or Wife,
Who judgment upon you must pass.
The feller whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the guy staring back from the glass.
He's the feller to please, never mind all the rest,
For he's with you clear up to the end,
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test
If the guy in the glass is your friend.
You may be like Jack Horner and "chisel" a plum,
And think you're 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.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But your final reward will be heartaches and tears
If you've cheated the guy in the glass.
"The Guy in the Glass" Written in 1934
By Peter "Dale" Wimbrow Sr., 1895-1954


thriftwood said...

Wow, what a fabulous poem, and how very true, it's certainly got me thinking ... it matters not what others think of you, it's how you see yourself. Very thought-provoking!

Have a Fab Friday

Love Claire xxx

Plain Jane said...

I completely agree with Claire - thought provoking stuff! Jane x

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

Absolutely wonderfully put!! Thank you for sharing. Pam x

Sylvia said...

Great poem, Elaine !
Something to think about ...
Nice weekend,

nilly said...

Wise words indeed and I must add that I'm a huge fan of American literature. I'm in awe of the fluency & brilliance of American poets & novelists.
(Um - I presume this little poem is from the US?)

Maria said...

~ Having a soft spot for poetry, I LOVED the poem too! ~ and I thank you for sharing with us..Big hugs Maria X

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