If you’ve been putting off buying or selling…
I hesitate to make a list
Of all the countless deals I’ve missed;
Bonanzas that were in my grip-
I watched through my fingers slip;
The windfalls that 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 seems I always hesitate,
Then make up my mind much too late.
A very cautious man am I
And that is why I never buy.
A corner here, ten 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 cannot be enticed
For everything’s so overpriced,
The deals of yesteryear are dead;
The market’s soft-and so’s my head.
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!”
~Farm and Land Realtor Magazine October 1917