Franklin Pierce Adams (1881-1960)
The Flat-Hunter's Way
1We don't get any too much light;
2 It's pretty noisy, too, at that;
3The folks next door stay up all night;
4 There's but one closet in the flat;
5The rent we pay is far from low;
6 Our flat is small and in the rear;
7But we have looked around, and so
8 We think we'll stay another year.
9Our dining-room is pretty dark;
10 Our kitchen's hot and very small;
11The "view" we get of Central Park
12 We really do not get at all.
13The ceiling cracks and crumbles down
14 Upon me while I'm working here --
15But, after combing all the town,
16 We think we'll stay another year.
17We are not "handy" to the sub;
18 Our hall-boy service is a joke;
19Our janitor's a foreign dub
20 Who never does a thing but smoke;
21Our landlord says he will not cut
22 A cent from rent already dear;
23And so we sought for better -- but
24 We think we'll stay another year.
17] sub: underground subway trains.
19] dub: fellow without skills.
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: Franklin P. Adams, Tobogganing on Parnassus (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1913): 138. LE 2121t Robarts Library
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: 2003
Recent editing: 1:2003/8/13
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