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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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  • Rookie Tabby Cat (2/13/2018 2:21:00 AM)

    How is this a poem?I don't understand the whole thing! (Report) Reply

    Rookie Yan Xin Ya (2/13/2018 2:27:00 AM)

    Yep!you are correct。that is what i think too!

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  • Rookie Tabby Cat (2/13/2018 2:17:00 AM)

    How is this a poem?I don't understand the whole thing,Margaret Atwood! (Report) Reply

    Rookie Alfreeda Wolfe (2/13/2018 2:28:00 AM)

    I felt the whole thing is just a mess!

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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. Spring And Fall: To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  9. 9. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  10. 10. The Stolen Child , William Butler Yeats
  11. 11. Child, Child , Sara Teasdale
  12. 12. Child On Top Of A Greenhouse , Theodore Roethke
  13. 13. Saturday's Child , Countee Cullen
  14. 14. Gacela Of The Dead Child , Federico García Lorca
  15. 15. Child And Mother , Eugene Field
  16. 16. Child Of Europe , Czeslaw Milosz
  17. 17. Is It Well With The Child? , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  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. To A Young Child , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  22. 22. I Would I Were A Careless Child , George Gordon Byron
  23. 23. The Child-Angel , Rabindranath Tagore
  24. 24. Father And Child , William Butler Yeats
  25. 25. A Sick Child , Randall Jarrell
  26. 26. The Burned Child , Dorothy Parker
  27. 27. The Burnt Child , William Stanley Merwin
  28. 28. The Child Dying , Edwin Muir
  29. 29. A Mother's Love For Her Child , Lee Degnan
  30. 30. A Child Of The Snows , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  31. 31. Child , Carl Sandburg
  32. 32. To A Child Dancing In The Wind , William Butler Yeats
  33. 33. A Child Again , Ernestine Northover
  34. 34. The Dying Child , John Clare
  35. 35. To A Child , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  36. 36. Child Of The Romans , Carl Sandburg
  37. 37. Come Hither, Child , Emily Jane Brontë
  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. 80's Child , s./j. goldner
  42. 42. Mother And Child , Eugene Field
  43. 43. My Child Wafts Peace , Yehuda Amichai
  44. 44. Child Of A Day , Walter Savage Landor
  45. 45. There Was A Child Went Forth , Walt Whitman
  46. 46. The Happy Child , William Henry Davies
  47. 47. Only Child (Children) , C.J. Heck
  48. 48. The Sea-Child , Eliza Cook
  49. 49. To The Illegitimate Child , Rev. Dr. A. Jacob Hassler
  50. 50. A Young Child And His Pregnant Mother , Delmore Schwartz
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