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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 - 10,243 Points Tapan M. Saren (4/17/2017 4:31:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem.......... (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 130,728 Points Robert Murray Smith (3/21/2017 12:56:00 AM)

    I liked your direct no holds barred approach. (Report) Reply

  • Veteran Poet - 1,205 Points Prem Katoch (11/23/2016 10:02:00 PM)

    It moves -so intimate and experiential. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Sad

  1. 1. A Sad Child , Margaret Atwood
  2. 2. A Fairly Sad Tale , Dorothy Parker
  3. 3. ‘and Ask Ye Why These Sad Tears Stream?’ , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  4. 4. The Sad Mother , Gabriela Mistral
  5. 5. Be Not Sad , James Joyce
  6. 6. Sad In Blue (A Lyric) , Peter S. Quinn
  7. 7. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  8. 8. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  9. 9. Sad , Cristina Geanta
  10. 10. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad , Alfred Edward Housman
  12. 12. Close Those Sad Sad Eyes , Beautiful Grim
  13. 13. Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey , William Morris
  14. 14. To The Sad Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  15. 15. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  16. 16. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  17. 17. With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb's.. , William Wordsworth
  18. 18. Sad Is Stupid , Alison Cassidy
  19. 19. Sit Down, Sad Soul , Barry Cornwall
  20. 20. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  21. 21. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  22. 22. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
  23. 23. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  24. 24. The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad , Robert Herrick
  25. 25. The Lacking Sense Scene.--A Sad-Coloured.. , Thomas Hardy
  26. 26. Sonnet Xxxi: With How Sad Steps, O Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  27. 27. Sad Sad Day , Laura Green
  28. 28. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  29. 29. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  30. 30. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  31. 31. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
  32. 32. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  33. 33. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  34. 34. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  35. 35. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  36. 36. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  37. 37. Sad Cypress , koyel mitra
  38. 38. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  39. 39. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
  40. 40. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  41. 41. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  42. 42. Happy & Sad , Sumita Datta
  43. 43. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. ’tis A Sad, Mad World! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  45. 45. Mad And Sad , Samantha Guinen
  46. 46. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  47. 47. Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From Day To .. , William Lisle Bowles
  48. 48. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  49. 49. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
  50. 50. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism , Michael Shepherd
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