Opportunity ~ Poem by Berton Braley

With doubt and dismay you are smitten You think there’s no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven’t been written The best race hasn’t been run,
The best score hasn’t been made yet, The best song hasn’t been sung,
The best tune hasn’t been played yet, Cheer up, for the world is young!
No chance? Why the world is just eager For things that you ought to create
Its store of true wealth is still meagre Its needs are incessant and great,
It yearns for more power and beauty More laughter and love and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance—why there’s nothing but chance!
For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet, The best house hasn’t been planned,
The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet, The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned,
Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted, The chances have just begun,
For the Best jobs haven’t been started, The Best work hasn’t been done.

Berton Braley.


  1. For hobby poets, musicians, artists of any kind the mass of works out there can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to think you’ll never get noticed by anyone. But at the same time there are so many possibilities for creating art nowadays, and so many platforms to post art that it would be foolish not to try. If you ever touch a few people it’s still worthy to create, the world is richer for it and at least some lifes are richer for it as well.

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