A Reluctant Buyer's Lament
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 seems I always hesitate, then make my mind up much too late.
A very cautious man am I and that is why I never buy.
When tracks rose high on 6th and 3rd I thought the price was just absurd;
Those 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 heap of sand.
When Phoenix was the place to buy, I thought the climate was 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.
How Chatsworth and how Simi grew! Porter Ranch and Calabasas too!
When others culled those sprawling farms and welcomed deals with open arms....
A corner here, ten acres there compounding values year by year,
I chose to think and as I though 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 every-things so overpriced.
The deals of yesteryear are dead - the markets soft and so's my head.
Last night I had a fearful dream, I know I wakened with a scream
Some Realtors approached my bed they had the perfect deal they said.
In dollar bills worth twenty-four, and nothing less and nothing more,
They'd sell Catalina Isle to me. The most I'd go was twenty-three.
The Realtors frowned "That's not a go!" and sold to George Shatto."
At times a teardrop fills my eye for deals I had but did not buy.
And now the saddest words I pen "IF ONLY I'D INVESTED THEN"