Boys' Rites of Passage

Our Sons' Futures

The Guy In The Glass

Posted by Thomas on January 30, 2012

Post has 262 words, on average it will take you less then 3 1/2 minutes to read

When creating your custom designed rites of passage program for your son infuse it with lessons on truth to self. A value we all do well to follow. Not following the crowds. Not falsely living up to undue expectations. Be who they are. Sometimes we (adults) are challenged to teach such lessons because we have yet to embrace the same. Enjoy this wonderful poem. It speaks to the work we all must do.


The Guy in the Glass

by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934

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.

Author’s attribution. Copyright of work. Learn more about Dale Wimbrow.


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