The Flat-Hunter's Way

Original Text: 
Franklin P. Adams, Tobogganing on Parnassus (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page, 1913): 138. LE 2121t Robarts Library
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.
18    Our hall-boy service is a joke;
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.

Notes

17] sub: underground subway trains. Back to Line
19] dub: fellow without skills. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2003
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