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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 Shonoya williams (11/18/2017 7:39:00 AM)

    What the lovely poem | Delete this message

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  • Gold Star - 28,020 Points Lyn Paul (11/17/2017 5:39:00 PM)

    Heartfelt words that I have read several times. In my youth and most our age or older, we had to just get on with life. No matter what!
    I really feel your words.
    Perfect poem I shall save. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Dr.subhendu kar (11/17/2017 3:03:00 PM)

    and the red flame is seeping out of you
    and igniting the tarmac beside your head.........ingenious write, compelling! ,10+, thanks for sharing | Delete this message

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