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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 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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  • Rookie PlainJohn (8/20/2018 5:43:00 AM)

    Even the sweetness of the voice didnt justify the beauty of the poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Hollyrose (7/17/2018 1:10:00 AM)

    I think it is really sad beacuse soon I am leaving my foster career and foster family to go to another foster home and I no how it fells to leave someone you love I'm going this apsatarday it's so early I onlzpy just found out yesterday after school it was a big shocked I was crying my eyes out I'm do heart broken enside by hollyrose (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. 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. Child In Red , Rainer Maria Rilke
  7. 7. First Child ... Second Child , Ogden Nash
  8. 8. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  9. 9. Child On Top Of A Greenhouse , Theodore Roethke
  10. 10. Spring And Fall: To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  11. 11. Child, Child , Sara Teasdale
  12. 12. Child Of Europe , Czeslaw Milosz
  13. 13. Saturday's Child , Countee Cullen
  14. 14. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
  15. 15. Child And Mother , Eugene Field
  16. 16. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico García Lorca
  17. 17. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  18. 18. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
  19. 19. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
  20. 20. I'D Love To Be A Fairy's Child , Robert Graves
  21. 21. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  22. 22. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  23. 23. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  24. 24. I Would I Were A Careless Child , George Gordon Byron
  25. 25. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  26. 26. To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  27. 27. A Mother's Love For Her Child , Lee Degnan
  28. 28. Child , Carl Sandburg
  29. 29. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  30. 30. The Burnt Child , William Stanley Merwin
  31. 31. A Child Of The Snows , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  32. 32. The Dying Child , John Clare
  33. 33. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  34. 34. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  35. 35. Robin Hood, A Child. , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  36. 36. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  37. 37. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  38. 38. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  39. 39. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  40. 40. Mother And Child , Eugene Field
  41. 41. Verses To A Child , Anne Brontë
  42. 42. Child Abuse , Donna Nimmo
  43. 43. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  44. 44. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  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. 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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