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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.


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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. 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. 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. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  19. 19. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
  20. 20. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
  21. 21. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  22. 22. I Would I Were A Careless Child , George Gordon Byron
  23. 23. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  24. 24. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  25. 25. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  26. 26. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  27. 27. To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  28. 28. A Mother's Love For Her Child , Lee Degnan
  29. 29. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  30. 30. The Burnt Child , William Stanley Merwin
  31. 31. The Dying Child , John Clare
  32. 32. A Child Of The Snows , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  33. 33. Child , Carl Sandburg
  34. 34. Robin Hood, A Child. , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  35. 35. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  36. 36. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  37. 37. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  38. 38. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  39. 39. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  40. 40. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  41. 41. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  42. 42. Verses To A Child , Anne Brontë
  43. 43. Mother And Child , Eugene Field
  44. 44. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  45. 45. The Happy Child , William Henry Davies
  46. 46. Child Of A Day , Walter Savage Landor
  47. 47. 80's Child , s./j. goldner
  48. 48. Epitaph On The Tombstone Of A Child , Aphra Behn
  49. 49. Evening Song Of The Thoughtful Child , Katherine Mansfield
  50. 50. Only Child (Children) , C.J. Heck
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