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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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The Air Raid

By Leonard Wender

The Magpie, Winter 1942, v. 26, n. 1, p. 53.

It's night in the blacked-out city,
The bombers will be over soon,
And people will huddle in damp shelters—cold, and tired,
While, outside, destruction has its fling.

They'll try to crawl, and crouch, and sleep in the shelter's musty depths,
They'll hear whirring, and booming, and crashing, and hissing
As the night legions of death spray misery on their lives;
As evil, man-made lightning rips the tranquil sky and his thunder tears the earth.

It's morning now: the fiery storm is over. But in its wake
A gray pall of smoke hangs over the city, dimming even the sun's mighty rays,
A gray veil of sadness sifts into the cracks and rubbish, the shambles and broken glass,
And into the hearts of the homeless.

The Magpie Sings the Great Depression

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