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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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Subway Beggar

By Leo Grachow, '32

The Magpie, June 1931, v. 32, n. 2, p. 32.

Clink . . . clink . . .
Here comes a subway beggar,
A shuffling, hobbling, one-legged,
    half-blind,
Dirty, shaveless, shameless, silent,
Callous, unconscious,
World-beaten subway beggar.

He's no use to this world!
The sight of him makes all of us feel
    his misery;
We all become blind beggars,
Holding tin cups in trembling hands,
Waiting for the clinks of pennies,
    nickels, dimes;
Dirty, shaveless, shameless, silent,
World-beaten subway beggars!

Damn him!
He makes us think.




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