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The man in the mirror


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When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day;

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that man has to say.


For it isn't a man's father, mother or wife

Whose judgement upon him must pass;

The fellow whose verdict counts most in his life,

Is the man staring back from the glass.


He's the fellow to please: never mind the rest,

For he's with you clear up to the end;

And you've passed you most dangerous, difficult test

If the man 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 the your final reward will be the heartache and tears

If you've cheated the Man in the Glass

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good use of words, your deffinatley correct in what your saying. would you feel also if you were to lie to make others happy that you would be a flase person, wouldnt it be that if you were true to yourself, you would also find true people to like you?

as then you wouldnt be putting on an act yet doing something that pleases you!

great work. i may have taken the wrong persepective but still i enjoyed it.


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Thanks neva_black_n_white,

Should point out though that it's not really my poem, it was handed down to me.


The poem was found written on the wall of a cell in death row, in a U.S. jail. It was composed by an anonymous prisoner who was later executed.


Still the poem gave me hope, especially since it was written by a man who was going to die soon.

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