The Reluctant Investor

By Donnald M. Weill



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!”


The above pown was reprented from the book “The Reluctant Investor and Other Light Verse, which can be purchased through the author, c/o Hemsley-Noyels Company, Inc., 20 Broad Street, New York, NY 10005

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