Treasure Island

Jonathan ROBIN

(22 September / London)

The Accounting of Hardship - Parody Robert Frost


Ask still less of money spent where the spender thinks it went,
for, despite reminders sent, its too easy to invent
excuses not to find the rent.

Therefore before you consent to part with pound, or penny, cent,
helping friend to supplement his small yearly increment, -
before you lament, repent!

Management most competent needs some legal instrument
to avert an accident, subsequent predicament, -
argument, embarassment

If your friendships you’d cement by behaviour sapient,
avoid disillusionment by tactful expedient, -
‘tis best the question to prevent!

Submitted: Saturday, October 21, 2006
Edited: Monday, October 25, 2010

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