I don’t ever try to be something I’m not,
I’d rather be known just as me.
And I can’t understand those whose aim is so high,
that they don’t see the wood for the tree
The ‘art’ of one-upmanship so tiresome a trait,
yet we’re plagued by this all around.
The droning of voices saying lots, saying nowt,
don’t they hear? What’s an ugly, sad sound?
The proverbial old know-all going on, yet and on,
there’s no-one has been there so much.
Done this and done that, the tee-shirt is mine,
Bragging‘s not a very safe crutch.
“Wennai did this and wennai did that,
Can‘t believe just how good I am”
But normal folk should just read it and laugh,
Cos in the long run, we don’t give a damn.
If you do - I'd love to know. Thanks Jack
One-upmanship was published in 1952, so that must give a starting date for the search.
Stephen Potter A series of books -Manship, But I can't see if any were poems
Anyone any ideas Please
No poems in the books, but I believe Potter invented the phrase so the poem must be later. Which will leave it in copyrite and so not on the web.