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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

  • Silver Star - 3,778 Points Bhagabat Prasad Hotta (10/30/2018 11:08:00 PM)

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

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  • 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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  • Rookie ijeoma (9/11/2018 4:24:00 AM)

    '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' i love this verse, soothing relief. visit http: //www.unn.edu.ng/ (Report) Reply

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