To a Light Houskeeper

Franklin P. Adams 1881 (Chicago, Illinois) – 1960 (New York City, New York)

(Who hitches laundering articles to the curtain
string and pastes them on the pane.)

Lady, thou that livest
  Just across the way,
If a hang thou givest
  What the people say,
If a cuss thou carest
  What a poet thinks-
Hearken, if thou darest,
  Most immodest minx!

Though thy gloves thou tiest,
  To the curtain string,
Though the things thou driest
  Gird me while I sing,
Hankies and inventions
  Of the lacy tribe-
Things I may not mention,
  Let alone describe.

These I mutely stand for
  Though the sight offend,
THIS I reprimand for;
  Take it from a friend:

Cease to pin thy tresses
  To the window sill,
Or I'll tell the presses-
  Honestly, I will.

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Franklin P. Adams

Franklin Pierce Adams was an American columnist known as Franklin P. Adams and by his initials F. P. A.. Famed for his wit, he is best known for his newspaper column, "The Conning Tower", and his appearances as a regular panelist on radio's Information Please. A prolific writer of light verse, he was a member of the Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s and 1930s. more…

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