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The Reluctant Investor

Discussion in 'Poetry' started by pammor, Feb 18, 2008.

  1. pammor

    pammor Senior IL'ite

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    I hesitate to make a list
    Of all the countless deals I've missed;
    Bonanzas that were in my grip -
    I watched them through my fingers slip;
    The windfalls which I Should have bought
    were lost because I over-thought;
    I thought of this, I thought of that,
    I could have sworn I smelled a rat,
    And while I thought things over twice,
    Another grabbed them at the price,
    It seemed I always hesitate,
    Then make my mind up much too late,
    Avery cautious man am I
    And that is why I never buy.
    When tracts rose high on
    Sixth and Third,
    The prices asked I felt absurd;
    Whole block-fronts bleak and black with soot-
    Were priced at thirty bucks a foot!
    I wouldn't even make a bid,
    But others did -- yes, others did!
    When Tucson was cheap desert land,
    I could have had a hip of sand;
    When Phoenix was the place to buy,
    I thought the climate much too dry!
    "Invest in Dallas-That's the spot!"
    My sixth sense warned me I should not,
    A very prudent man am I
    And that is why I never buy.
    A corner here, then acres there,
    Compounding values year by year,
    I chose to think and as I thought,
    They bought the deals I should have bought.
    The Golden chances I had then
    Are lost and will not come again,
    Today I can not be enticed
    For everything's so overpriced.
    The deals of yesteryear are dead;
    The market's soft -- so's my head!
    Last night I had a fearful dream,
    I know I wakened with a scream;
    Some Indians approached my bed --
    For trinkets on the barrelhead,
    (In dollar bills worth twenty-four,
    And nothing less and nothing more),
    They'd sell Manhattan Isle to me,
    The most I'd go was twenty-three.
    The redman scowled: "Not on a bet!"
    And sold to Peter Minuit.
    At times a teardrop drowns my eye
    For deals I had, but did not buy;
    And now life's saddest words I pen
    "If only I'd invested then!"


    by Donald M. Weill.
     
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  2. Shanvy

    Shanvy IL Hall of Fame

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    pammor,

    Thanks for sharing. It is about being there at the right time at the right place and also taking the opportunity that comes your way without fear.
     

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