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A Sad Child

Rating: 3.9

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
you need to sleep.

Well, all children are sad
but some get over it.
Count your blessings. Better than that,
buy a hat. Buy a coat or pet.

Take up dancing to forget.
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Charley P 14 June 2007

I think that in the last two stanzas she is saying that even though this kid is sad because she feels like she is not the favourite, when the end of our lives come and we die (whether in a car accident or safe in bed, hence the burning car/blanket) then everyone's more or less the same anyway - either none of us is the favourite, or we all are.

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Mohammed Abdalla 20 October 2010

This poem is just awesome I love everything about it.

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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 you need to sleep.failure is overcome by constant efforts.. nicely worded poem....10

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Maria Gonzalez 18 July 2009

The poem is about failure and how to face it. In this society we all have to be great, happy...but life is also sadness, and a person (a child in the poem) could feel a failure as a terrible moment (represented by the flames, etc) ...so I believe the poet is showing us that we have to move on. We should feel sadness as part of our life and never see it as a tragedy.

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Lester Tan 17 October 2007

Hmm, I see it as a meditation on death itself, how it is an equalizing force and it pays no favors to anyone. Hence, Atwood seems to be offering a somewhat disquieting source of comfort to an otherwise unfair world ruled by favoritism and sadness. I mean that's what i think the theme of the poem is although it's quite easy to be carried away by the first few stanzas and to be deceived into thinking that it's merely about how children are so neglected and unwanted nowadays. I love the poem although i do find it quite fatalistic

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Sylvia Frances Chan 21 August 2021

Aptly worded, I like all your poems dear Margaret, your poems make my day alive again! I am such of a child, but never sad

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Sylvia Frances Chan 21 August 2021

Congratulations being chosen by Poem Hunter and Team as The Modern Poem Of The Day! I have enjoyed a very lot!

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Ben Harris 09 December 2020

I feel the same way as that child.: (

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