Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, HOTEL VERANDA, by LUCIA TRENT

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HOTEL VERANDA, by            
First Line: She hears their needles clicking
Last Line: Where the alien corn is sere.
Alternate Author Name(s): Cheyney, Mrs. Ralph; Glass, Mrs. Ernest

She hears their needles clicking;
They rock their portly chairs;
Their eyes are daggers piercing
The armor that she wears.

Their tongues may wag of trifles;
Their hearts grow bleak and tense
As they try in vain to shatter
The walls of her defense:

The joy she has in living
To dreaming's clarion horn
And the pride she takes in the father
Of children she has borne.

Though pioneering ardor
Defies their clannish sneer,
She is a Ruth enduring
Where the alien corn is sere.

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