The Face in the Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king (or queen) for a day;

Just go to a mirror and look at yourself

And see what THAT face has to say.

For it isn’t your father or mother or spouse

Whose judgment upon you must pass

The person whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

Some people might think you are a straight shooting chum

And call you a great gal or guy

But the face in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look at it straight in the eye.

That’s the one you must please, never mind all the rest

That’s the one with you clear to the end.

And you know you have passed your most dangerous test

If the face in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years

And get pats on your back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartache and tears

If you’ve cheated the face in the glass.