The Optimistic Tenant

LANDLORD AND TENANT

by Edgar Guest

The landlord wouldn’t paint the place
   or keep it in repair,
yet at the window panes was lace,
   though every board was bare
and those who passed it by could trace
   the tenant’s tender care.

And those who passed it by could see
   a blossoming plant or two.
Despite the tenant’s poverty
   a little garden grew,
lovely and gay and orderly
   the blazing summer through.

The landlord Life at times seems cold
   and deaf to every plea,
yet to our dreams we still can hold;
   courageous we can be
and round the place plant marigolds
   for passers-by to see.

We, too, with faith, can plant a rose
   where all is bleak and bare
and fashion pretty furbelows
   for windows of despair,
and work, till our poor dwelling shows
   a tenant’s tender care.

From his book, LIFE’S HIGHWAY
© 1933 by the Reilly & Lee Co.

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