Old Houses

I LIKE OLD HOUSES BEST DON’T YOU?

THEY NEVER GO CLUTTERING UP A VIEW

WITH ROOFS TOO RED AND PAINT TOO NEW,

WITH DOORS TOO GREEN AND BLINDS TOO BLUE:

THE OLD ONES LOOK AS IF THEY GREW.

THEIR BRICKS MAY BE DINGY, THEIR CLAPBOARDS ASKEW FROM SITTING SO MANY SEASONS THROUGH, BUT THEY’VE LEARNED IN A HUNDRED YEARS OR TWO-NOT TO GO CLUTTERING UP A VIEW.