Margaret Atwood

(18 November 1939 / Ottawa, Ontario)

Margaret Atwood Poems

1. The Circle Game 9/8/2015
2. Death of a Young Son by Drowning 6/23/2015
3. February 1/7/2015
4. They Eat Out 10/21/2006
5. Provisions 1/3/2003
6. The Shadow Voice 1/2/2004
7. The Rest 1/13/2003
8. Backdropp Addresses Cowboy 1/2/2004
9. The Landlady 1/3/2003
10. In The Secular Night 1/3/2003
11. Sekhmet, The Lion-Headed Goddess Of War 1/3/2003
12. Postcards 1/3/2003
13. Bored 1/3/2003
14. Flying Inside Your Own Body 1/3/2003
15. More And More 1/3/2003
16. Spelling 1/3/2003
17. Night Poem 1/3/2003
18. The City Planners 1/3/2003
19. Variations On The Word Love 1/3/2003
20. A Visit 1/3/2003
21. Habitation 1/3/2003
22. Morning In The Burned House 1/20/2003
23. Is/Not 1/3/2003
24. Variation On The Word Sleep 1/13/2003
25. Siren Song 1/3/2003
26. This Is A Photograph Of Me 1/3/2003
27. You Fit Into Me 1/3/2003
28. Helen Of Troy Does Countertop Dancing 1/20/2003
29. The Moment 1/3/2003
30. A Sad Child 1/3/2003
Best Poem of Margaret Atwood

A Sad Child

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 ...

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The Rest

The rest of us watch from beyond the fence
as the woman moves with her jagged stride
into her pain as if into a slow race.
We see her body in motion
but hear no sounds, or we hear
sounds but no language; or we know
it is not a language we know
yet. We can see her clearly
but for her it is running in black smoke.

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