The One in the Glass

The One in the Glass

When you get what you want in the struggle for self
and the world lets you have your own way,
just go to the mirror and look at yourself
and see what that person will say.

For it isn’t your father or mother or mate
whose judgement upon you must pass.
The person whose verdict counts most to your fate
is the one staring back in the glass.

Some people may think you’re a great one by gum
and gather to watch you walk by,
but the one in the glass says you’re only a bum
if you can’t look it straight in the eye

That’s the person to please, never mind the rest,
who’ll be with you clear up to the end,
and you’ve passed your most dangerous difficult test,
if the one 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 one in the glass.

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