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Ballad of the Landlord


Landlord, landlord,
My roof has sprung a leak.
Don’t you ‘member I told you about it
Way last week?Landlord, landlord,
These steps is broken down.
When you come up yourself
It’s a wonder you don’t fall down.

Ten Bucks you say I owe you?
Ten Bucks you say is due?
Well, that’s Ten Bucks more’n I’ll pay you
Till you fix this house up new.

What? You gonna get eviction orders?
You gonna cut off my heat?
You gonna take my furniture and
Throw it in the street?

Um-huh! You talking high and mighty.
Talk on – till I get through.
You ain’t gonna be able to say a word
If I land my fist on you.

Police!, Police!
Come and get this man!
He’s trying to ruin the government
And overturn the land!

Copper’s whistle!
Patrol bell!
Arrest.

Precinct Station.
Iron cell
Headlines in the press:

MAN THREATENS LANDLORD

TENANT HELD NO BAIL

JUDGE GIVE NEGRO 90 DAYS IN COUNTY JAIL

Langston Hughes

Holidays are over
Christmas bills are due,
Lord knows I spent to much money,
Don’t know what I’m gonna do!
Good Monday Morning Family,
Have a great week!

Peace,
Tenthltr2u
  

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About tenthltr2u (1031 Articles)
A child of the 60's I often feel out of place in the world as it exist today. Too much excess, too much materialism, too few people who genuinely care or give a damn. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

5 Comments on Ballad of the Landlord

  1. Fantastic!  Another of my favorites.  I caught a break this year, but, not by much.  Here’s hoping the new year finds you in good health with prosperity on the horizon.  Thanks for the words.  Peace.

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  2. Langston Hughes was the man. His work is still relavent.

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  3. Have a great week as well to you too – Please keep the ever-flowing of "prose" coming – Take Care! –

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  4.  
    Ah, I love it!  Happy New Year, darling! 

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  5. Thanks for stopping by! Hope all is well with you the start of this new year.

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