Margaret Atwood Poems

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1.
A Sad Child

You're sad because you're sad.
It's psychic. It's the age. It's chemical.
Go see a shrink or take a pill,
or hug your sadness like an eyeless doll
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2.
The Moment

The moment when, after many years
of hard work and a long voyage
you stand in the centre of your room,
house, half-acre, square mile, island, country,
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3.
You Fit Into Me

You fit into me
like a hook into an eye

a fish hook
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4.
Variations On The Word Love

This is a word we use to plug
holes with. It's the right size for those warm
blanks in speech, for those red heart-
shaped vacancies on the page that look nothing
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5.
Is/Not

Love is not a profession
genteel or otherwise

sex is not dentistry
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6.
Flying Inside Your Own Body

Your lungs fill & spread themselves,
wings of pink blood, and your bones
empty themselves and become hollow.
When you breathe in you’ll lift like a balloon
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7.
Helen Of Troy Does Countertop Dancing

The world is full of women
who'd tell me I should be ashamed of myself
if they had the chance. Quit dancing.
Get some self-respect
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8.
Bored

All those times I was bored
out of my mind. Holding the log
while he sawed it. Holding
the string while he measured, boards,
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9.
This Is A Photograph Of Me

It was taken some time ago
At first it seems to be
a smeared
print: blurred lines and grey flecks
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10.
Habitation

Marriage is not
a house or even a tent
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