Langston Hughes

(1 February 1902 – 22 May 1967 / Missouri)

Madam And The Rent Man - Poem by Langston Hughes

The rent man knocked.
He said, Howdy-do?
I said, What
Can I do for you?
He said, You know
Your rent is due.

I said, Listen,
Before I'd pay
I'd go to Hades
And rot away!

The sink is broke,
The water don't run,
And you ain't done a thing
You promised to've done.

Back window's cracked,
Kitchen floor squeaks,
There's rats in the cellar,
And the attic leaks.

He said, Madam,
It's not up to me.
I'm just the agent,
Don't you see?

I said, Naturally,
You pass the buck.
If it's money you want
You're out of luck.

He said, Madam,
I ain't pleased!
I said, Neither am I.
So we agrees!


Comments about Madam And The Rent Man by Langston Hughes

  • (3/1/2016 9:47:00 AM)


    I like chicken nuggets (Report) Reply

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  • Margaret O Driscoll (2/9/2016 5:29:00 PM)


    A poem that has humour but conveys a serious message regarding inadequate housing (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010



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