LINES ENDING WITH AN OLD-FASHIONED MORAL

Martha Banning Thomas September 15 1951

LINES ENDING WITH AN OLD-FASHIONED MORAL

Martha Banning Thomas September 15 1951

LINES ENDING WITH AN OLD-FASHIONED MORAL

The wind that clambered to a gale And ripped five shingles from the eaves, And coiled a long, tormenting tail Among the agitated leaves — Has not dislodged this cobweb strand Of cable stretched in shining length From post to door, a swaying band Of delicate and fragile strength; Here lies the core of victory: Enduring flexibility.

—Martha Banning Thomas