Margaret Atwood

Ottawa, Ontario
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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.

Forget what?
Your sadness, your shadow,
whatever it was that was done to you
the day of the lawn party
when you came inside flushed with the sun,
your mouth sulky with sugar,
in your new dress with the ribbon
and the ice-cream smear,
and said to yourself in the bathroom,
I am not the favorite child.

My darling, when it comes
right down to it
and the light fails and the fog rolls in
and you're trapped in your overturned body
under a blanket or burning car,

and the red flame is seeping out of you
and igniting the tarmac beside your head
or else the floor, or else the pillow,
none of us is;
or else we all are.
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Wonderful piece of poetry Learned it by heart
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Bhavika Dudhani 19 October 2020
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Mike Oxmal 18 October 2020
wow! what a beautiful piece of many letters.
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Sebastian 08 October 2020
As expected from a writer like Margaret Atwood, straightforward decent poem indeed. Margaret Atwood has always been honest even if the dire situation comes up. She greets it with a smile. Even when her dear husband fell asleep forever, she chose to be happy and spend the rest of her life with joy.
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Omale Daniel 28 September 2020
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