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A Sad Child - Poem by Margaret Atwood

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.


Comments about A Sad Child by Margaret Atwood

  • Rookie tomdd (1/12/2019 8:45:00 AM)

    it is a bit depressing (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 5,135 Points Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (10/30/2018 11:08:00 PM)

    Go happy forget the sad moments. God is always with us. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie brady wahl (9/24/2018 12:59:00 PM)

    this poem is very depressing and it sucks (Report) Reply

    Rookie brady wahl (9/24/2018 1:01:00 PM)

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Poems About Child

  1. 1. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
  2. 2. A Child Said, What Is The Grass? , Walt Whitman
  3. 3. Child Development , Billy Collins
  4. 4. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  5. 5. Brown And Agile Child , Pablo Neruda
  6. 6. First Child ... Second Child , Ogden Nash
  7. 7. Child In Red , Rainer Maria Rilke
  8. 8. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  9. 9. Spring And Fall: To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  10. 10. Child On Top Of A Greenhouse , Theodore Roethke
  11. 11. Child, Child , Sara Teasdale
  12. 12. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. Saturday's Child , Countee Cullen
  14. 14. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico García Lorca
  15. 15. Child And Mother , Eugene Field
  16. 16. Child Of Europe , Czeslaw Milosz
  17. 17. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
  18. 18. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  19. 19. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  20. 20. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
  21. 21. I'D Love To Be A Fairy's Child , Robert Graves
  22. 22. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  23. 23. I Would I Were A Careless Child , George Gordon Byron
  24. 24. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  25. 25. To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  26. 26. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  27. 27. Child , Carl Sandburg
  28. 28. A Mother's Love For Her Child , Lee Degnan
  29. 29. Robin Hood, A Child. , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  30. 30. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  31. 31. A Child Of The Snows , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  32. 32. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  33. 33. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  34. 34. Mother And Child , Eugene Field
  35. 35. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  36. 36. The Dying Child , John Clare
  37. 37. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  38. 38. Child Abuse , Donna Nimmo
  39. 39. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  40. 40. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  41. 41. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  42. 42. The Burnt Child , William Stanley Merwin
  43. 43. Verses To A Child , Anne Brontë
  44. 44. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  45. 45. 80's Child , s./j. goldner
  46. 46. The Happy Child , William Henry Davies
  47. 47. Epitaph On The Tombstone Of A Child , Aphra Behn
  48. 48. Evening Song Of The Thoughtful Child , Katherine Mansfield
  49. 49. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  50. 50. Only Child (Children) , C.J. Heck
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