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