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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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Street Woman

By Michael Smith, '32

The Magpie, January 1932, v. 33, n. 1, p. 17.

She wondered why
No neighbor's lamp
Would shine for her,
While heaven's burned,
No wise ashamed,
To cross her path.

She wondered why
Lamp posts cringed not
At her tainted touch,
And why they did
Not reach to slap
Her painted face,
When men despised
Her very tread.

She wondered why
Her bliss lay in
The lifeless things
And silent night.
When near these things,
She marvelled at
Her softened heart,
Her peace of mind,
Their gifts to her,
Transferred without
The need of speech.




The Magpie Sings the Great Depression

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