The Man In The Glass Poem

Be inspired by the Man in the Glass poem which is a famous short poem. It was originally written in 1934 by (Peter) Dale Wimbrow and is one that has inspired and encouraged thousands of people. It is sometimes been referred to as the man in the glass. But whether we use the term man or guy the meaning of the poem remains unchanged.

We hope you are encouraged by the poems and you find wisdom in its verses.


The Guy In The Glass

Poet: Peter "Dale" Wimbrow, written in 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 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.

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This is a great poem, one which reminds us that when we look into the mirror (whether you are a man or a woman) it is ourselves that we have to answer to or live with. It's not what others say or thinks - it is up to us what we do or say. Sometimes in life, we end up listening to others or we care too much about what others will think. To live a fulfilled life we must set our own goals, not the goals of others. 

The man in the mirror only has himself looking back at him, and he is the one at the end of the day who has to account for what he has or has not done! We also must not think too highly of ourselves. When you answer the questions of what your purpose in life is then when you look in the mirror you know whether or not you are fulfilling or using your gifts the way you should.

Do we allow others to pat us on the back for things we haven't done? We must answer to ourselves. We know at the end of the day if we did right or if we did wrong. Are we following our dreams or the dreams of others?  So when you look in the mirror what do you see?



Poet Info:
Peter Dale Wimbrow was born on June 6, 1896, in Whaleyville, Maryland, USA. He died on January 26, 1954.  He was a composer and a radio artist.  He is also known as a writer, and The Guy in The Glass Poem (or The Man in The Glass)  was one of his best pieces of writing and is known all over the world.



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