POEMS: “Opportunity” by John James Ingalls

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“Opportunity”

Master of human destinies am I;
Fame, love and fortune on my footsteps wait.
Cities and fields I walk. I penetrate
Deserts and seas remote, and, passing by
Hovel and mart and palace, soon or late,
I knock unbidden once at every gate.

If sleeping, wake; if feasting, rise, before
I turn away. It is the hour of fate,
And they who follow me reach every state
Mortals desire, and conquer every foe
Save death; but those who hesitate
Condemned to failure, penury and woe,
Seek me in vain, and uselessly implore.
I answer not, and I return no more.

by John James Ingalls

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. markssong5 says:

    Full of strength and wisdom with mountains of character , marvellous.

    Like

  2. Oh thank you for your feedback!!! I always welcome it 🙂 This was a new poem for me.

    Like

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