The Measure Of A Man
Author: Mark Spencer


The measure of a man
Isnít in how well he takes a fall
. But in how well he rises
Should he go down at all.

If he blusters with bravado,
Heís blowing wind into his sail.
Yet if the sail ever tears,
That man then will fail.

Men who challenge other men,
Of lesser skill or smaller size.
Will run from even combat,
Or try to compromise.

The one dependant on his looks,
Will soon learn he canít depend,
On what the ravages of time,
Will steal in the end.

And those who think itís money,
The biggest house or fastest car.
They are like an empty package,
For the box is all they are.

To know the measure of a man,
Youíll have to know where to start.
You wonít find it on the surface,
You must look into his heart.


Comments on this poem/writing:

LinzAy ( -- Thursday, May 15 2003, 10:25 pm


I agree:D
Justus Isaiah Richardson ( -- Sunday, May 18 2003, 02:24 am


Way too many superficial people in the world. Great writing!
Mark Spencer ( -- Thursday, May 22 2003, 06:39 am

That's how it is.

Movies, the music business, soap operas, reality TV, it's everywhere! This generation is obsessed with the box, the wrapping paper and the ribbon! They really couldn't care less about the contents. The divorce rate is going through the roof because, after you're married you have to open the box and see what's inside. Most of the time we find the box is empty. Who want's to spend the rest of their lives with just a box? A box with no substance.

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