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The Magpie Sings the Great Depression:
Selections from DeWitt Clinton High School's Literary Magazine, 1929-1942

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Lament

By Randolph G. Goodman

The Magpie, December 1929 v. 31, p. 37.

Sweet the water—
    Bitter to taste
In a world submerged
    In a maelstrom of haste . . .

Fair the sun-rays—
    Dark to see
From workaday deeps,
    Depths unhappy, unfree . . .

Sweet the blossom—
    Acrid to smell
From an earth encrusted
    With the Patines of Hell . . .

Fair the breezes—
    Harsh to hear;
Discordantly blowing,
    With the discord of Fear . . .

Sweet this Life—
    God! to feel
Held tight to a Rack,
    Fettered fast to a Wheel . . .


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