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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 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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  • Rookie Write your name (7/11/2018 3:46:00 PM)

    Wow, the voice really does not go with the poem xD (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Jesus (6/20/2018 7:52:00 AM)

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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. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. Child, Child , Sara Teasdale
  13. 13. Child Of Europe , Czeslaw Milosz
  14. 14. Saturday's Child , Countee Cullen
  15. 15. Child And Mother , Eugene Field
  16. 16. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico García Lorca
  17. 17. Child Moon , Carl Sandburg
  18. 18. I'D Love To Be A Fairy's Child , Robert Graves
  19. 19. A Child In The Garden , Henry Van Dyke
  20. 20. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  21. 21. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  22. 22. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  23. 23. I Would I Were A Careless Child , George Gordon Byron
  24. 24. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  25. 25. A Mother's Love For Her Child , Lee Degnan
  26. 26. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  27. 27. Child , Carl Sandburg
  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. The Dying Child , John Clare
  34. 34. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  35. 35. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  36. 36. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  37. 37. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  38. 38. Robin Hood, A Child. , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  39. 39. Verses To A Child , Anne Brontë
  40. 40. Mother And Child , Eugene Field
  41. 41. To The Illegitimate Child , Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler
  42. 42. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  43. 43. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  44. 44. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  45. 45. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  46. 46. 80's Child , s./j. goldner
  47. 47. Epitaph On The Tombstone Of A Child , Aphra Behn
  48. 48. Evening Song Of The Thoughtful Child , Katherine Mansfield
  49. 49. The Sea-Child , Eliza Cook
  50. 50. The Happy Child , William Henry Davies
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