Monday, January 2, 2012

The Man In The Glass

As I work on the new series for 2012, I have come across a great poem while cleaning my house. I have a lot of awards from high school and college that I was rummaging through and this classic poem was found. After researching it, I have found it to be written by a man named Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.. And it dates back to 1934. According to the family, the name of the poem has been changed and the author is mostly now know as anonymous or someone else. You can check out the official site for the author and the original poem here. This version and name is slightly different, but it is the one I found so I will post it. It is amazing to read this poem and see how relevant it still is today.

When you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you king for a day.
Just go to the 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 may think you're a straight-shootin' 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 up to the end.
And you've passed your most dangerous, difficult test,
If the man 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 heartaches and tears,
If you've cheated the man in the glass.

-Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr


  1. One of my efforts at personal growth this past year was to begin reading likely poems out loud and try to see if I can develop more of an appreciation for poetry.

    I was able to enjoy this.

    Grace and peace.

  2. I'm glad you were able to enjoy it. I had not read it for a few years and knew right away it had to go up on the blog.

    Hope your new year is starting off great!

  3. I LOVE this poem and have read it many times through the years... and couldn't agree more!

  4. I am not much on poems but I enjoyed this one. I think I read it once a long time ago. Great post. God Bless you. Happy New Year!

  5. The poem is clever. But somewhat worldly because we all require to look to the man who died on the cross for the standards. People pleasing is a snare, but self pleasing is worse and leads to sins such as pride.