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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

  • Gold Star - 6,552 Points Jerry Wells (12/19/2017 9:44:00 PM)

    SOME DAY WE ALL BE SAD ABOUT SOMETHING IN OUR LIFE (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,587 Points Jerry Wells (12/11/2017 3:29:00 PM)

    YOU SHOULD NOT LET YOUR SADNESS GET THE BAST OF YOU (Report) Reply

    Rookie Paul Lambert (1/8/2018 6:31:00 AM)

    Depression isn't something you can simply will away. It's not an ailment of a weak will or a bad attitude.

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  • Rookie huiuijjewru8eiru832oht3; qhtoq3jio (12/11/2017 9:44:00 AM)

    such a good poem
    huihuwjrioqwjr (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. 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, Child , Sara Teasdale
  11. 11. Child On Top Of A Greenhouse , Theodore Roethke
  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. 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. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  22. 22. I Would I Were A Careless Child , George Gordon Byron
  23. 23. A Child Of The Snows , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  24. 24. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  25. 25. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  26. 26. To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  27. 27. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  28. 28. The Burnt Child , William Stanley Merwin
  29. 29. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  30. 30. A Mother's Love For Her Child , Lee Degnan
  31. 31. Child , Carl Sandburg
  32. 32. The Dying Child , John Clare
  33. 33. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  34. 34. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  35. 35. Mother And Child , Eugene Field
  36. 36. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  37. 37. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  38. 38. The Child Within (Children) , C.J. Heck
  39. 39. Robin Hood, A Child. , James Henry Leigh Hunt
  40. 40. Verses To A Child , Anne Brontë
  41. 41. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
  42. 42. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  43. 43. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  44. 44. 80's Child , s./j. goldner
  45. 45. Epitaph On The Tombstone Of A Child , Aphra Behn
  46. 46. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  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. The Sea-Child , Eliza Cook
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