The Man In The Glass – Dale Wimbrow (Poem)


The Man In The Glass


When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
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 judgement 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.

Dale Wimbrow 1895-1954

So stare in the mirror,
This part is key,
Tell yourself truly,
What do you see?

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  1. It’s great to receive praise, accolades and awards from individuals and organizations. It usually means you stack up well when compared to others in your field. But do they really know if you gave your best? The man in the mirror does. Teach that man to believe you have no limits.

  2. The point is very meaningful to me that this poem Was shared by a former student of many years ago. Even if the man in the mirror looks like as though he were 80 years old, I do feel that he is saying to me hey, you’re still here, Consider it lucky to be alive!

  3. It is the thought behind the thought… behind the thought.
    It is what drives us to do what we do.

  4. Don’t worry about what other people think of you. As long as you feel like you have treated you and your body as you should then that’s all that matters.

  5. Soooo very fitting to me as recovered Alcoholic! Every word is true, painful and soothing. The mirror speaks the truth! It leaves me with a choice for the rest of my life.
    Thank you very much.

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