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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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By James Baldwin

The Magpie, Winter 1942, v. 26, n. 1, p. 32.

Go away and let me rest in peace
Thou restless, ruthless, ever-searching Mind.
Why is it that you come, and never cease
To tear apart each refuge that I find?
I had thought that I could come and hide
Far from the bitter battle fray
But you have come and waked the country-side
And put an end to my complacent day.

Tell me, may I never hope to see
Some blessed refuge from the bruising rain?
I thought that this was it, and I would be
Forever sheltered from this roving Brain.
But now I must depart—my peace is o'er
For you have forced my barricaded door.

The Magpie Sings the Great Depression

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