Peter "Dale" Wimbrow
© 1934 (adapted)
If you get what you want in your struggle for self,
And the world makes you a champion for a day,
Just 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 brother,
Who upon you their judgment will 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 difficult test,
If the guy in the glass is your friend.…
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 headache or tears,
If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.