The Man in the Glass
by Loren Secard “Chick” Cline
When the goal has been reached in our struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day,
Just look into the mirror that rests on the shelf
And listen to what that man has to say.
For it isn’t your father, your mother or wife
Who judgment upon you must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life
Is the one staring back from the glass.
Some people may think you a straight shooting chum
And call you a wonderful guy,
But the man in the glass will say you’re 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 life
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartaches and strife
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.