poet Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes

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Madam And The Rent Man

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!

Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 27, 2010

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  • Kamren Boone (10/1/2020 7:43:00 AM)

    I think this is a good poem to learn from.

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  • Kamren Boone (10/1/2020 7:42:00 AM)

    I think that this is a good poem to learn something from.

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  • Lil d (3/1/2019 12:46:00 PM)

    A author is someone that writes the story or the poem. A speaker is the one

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  • lizberry :) (3/1/2019 7:46:00 AM)

    good enough. Skskskskks

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  • Shana (9/18/2018 10:30:00 AM)

    I dont really like it.

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  • Lol Banter M8 (3/1/2016 9:47:00 AM)

    I like chicken nuggets

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    Arvind(12/7/2017 3:24:00 AM)

    I'm vegetarian

    Arvind(12/7/2017 3:23:00 AM)

    im vegetarian

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

    A poem that has humour but conveys a serious message regarding inadequate housing

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