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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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Youth

By James Baldwin

The Magpie, Spring 1941, v. 25, n. 2, p. 43.

Beloved, do not warn me
    Of birds too highly flown;
Your word is not enough for me—
    I must have my own.

I was young and did not know
    Anything could hurt me so.

I was gay, and failed to see
    What there was to torture me.

I may be destroyed, but I
    Shall not let this life go by.

(No, no!—destroy these tales
    Of birds too highly flown.
Your word is not enough for me—
    I must have my own!)




The Magpie Sings the Great Depression

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