8 Best Poems About Missed Opportunities

Life gives every person opportunities, good or bad. Some fail miserably from previous opportunities and don’t take risks again, and some try to take advantage of those opportunities and move on. Those who fail are those who try. How will those who don’t try fail?

Keep trying and you will get success. If you have failed, find out the reason for your failures and correct them. Here are the best Poems About Missed Opportunities that will motivate you to move forward and try again.

Opportunity by Edgar A. Guest



For Opportunity by  Marshall Field

Try always to be ahead of your position
and increase your efficiency.

Having started, learn your business
thoroughly from the ground up.

Always remember that what you save,
and not what you earn, counts.

Consider carefully your natural bent,
whether for business or a profession.

Take stock of yourself and try to determine
what business you are best fitted for.

Work with all your energy and
do everything as well as you can,
not merely well enough to pass muster.

Of course, the fact that we know something of
how the other man did it does not prove that we,
too, will achieve a large measure of success.

The personal element is always an important factor.
Many men fail even when they are trying to put
the highest kind of rules and regulations into effect.

But it is better for them to try and fail
than not to try at all, or to succeed through base
methods and ignoble motives.


Three Things by Constantina E. Brooks

poems about seizing the opportunity


Opportunity by David V. Bush

Opportunity knocks many times every day,
And if carelessly slighted departs on its way;
But it never evades you, for some time again,
It is sure to return — and if seized, will remain!

You must study its aspect and know how to take
Every chance that is offered, its friendship to make;
You must cherish a faith that it some day will bless
The dull course of your life, and turn ills to success.

Believe in its coming with mind strong and keen.
And be sure that you know it, when once it is seen;
It may come in the sun, yet look still in the storm.
For misfortunes may show you its bright beaming form.

Each night the great sun nestles down in the west.
But next morning returns with the same ardent zest;
So remember whenever you fall by the way.
That a new opportunity waits you next day!

No care is so trying, no failure so great,
That you can’t find a new chance to battle with fate.
Watch close for your boon, for it’s e’er on the wing,
And the end of your trials at last it will bring.

Gain knowledge and courage, seek wisdom and light,
Lest you miss the fleet chance when it looms into sight;
Every minute improve, and dismiss the dull past.
Nor believe that old woes ’til the morrow will last.

Through the star-studded night and the noonday’s blue vault,
Floats benign Opportunity, never to halt;
It is knocking each hour, and it calls loud and clear,
So be watchful and ready to answer, “I’m here!”


Most Out Of Life by Charles Rufus Skinner

The man who gets most out of life is
The man who takes advantage of every opportunity
And neglects no chance to enlarge his field of observation
And extend his experiences.
The more mosaics we work into our allotted years
The nearer our life will be worth living.


Opportunities by Rev. Evarts Scudder

Opportunities for Christian work
Are constantly slipping by.
We recognize them too late. . . .

Opportunities for patience, forbearance,
Meekness, self-denial, courage.

Opportunities for honoring God —
For bringing friends to Christ.
These are continually coming and going —
Coming? Yes — but also going as surely
And rapidly as minutes go.

How full of good work our life would be
If we lost no opportunity.


Opportunity Poet Unknown

Day-dreaming in my chair I sit
And watch dream- visions past me flit:
One, beautiful, and fair, and grand.
Beckons with airy, fairy hand.
Then smiles and points to Fortune’s gate,
And bids me not procrastinate.

But sluggard-like within my chair
I see this vision sweetly fair,
Until at last she disappears.
And I, with eyes bedimmed with tears.
Awaken with a sudden start
And cry, “Oh, tell me who thou art?*’

The answer made me sorely grieve,
Although such as we oft receive;
“The vision that you chanced to see
Was life’s best opportunity;
And this the lesson it would teach.
Neglected, ’tis beyond thy reach.”


Small Things by Maria Frink

He who overlooks a small occasion will have
Lost his eyesight when a great one comes.
Never wait for a chance to do good,
Never seek for some great thing,
But improve each small opportunity as it comes to you,
And some day you will be surprised to find that
The truly great occasion of your life would have been
Overlooked had you not been keeping track of the small things.


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