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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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,042 Points Prem Katoch (11/23/2016 10:02:00 PM)

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

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  • Freshman - 590 Points Pallang Mofokeng (9/28/2016 1:41:00 AM)

    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. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 0 Points Laureen Wong (2/2/2016 1:54:00 PM)

    I this this poem is about child sexual abuse and the effects of it later. It speaksof how our society is also trapped in our terror of not being able to reconcile it, instead blame, and use 'mechanisms of ignore' to address the victim. (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. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  8. 8. Sad , Cristina Geanta
  9. 9. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  10. 10. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  12. 12. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  13. 13. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad , Alfred Edward Housman
  14. 14. Sit Down, Sad Soul , Barry Cornwall
  15. 15. Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey , William Morris
  16. 16. With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb's.. , William Wordsworth
  17. 17. Close Those Sad Sad Eyes , Beautiful Grim
  18. 18. To The Sad Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  19. 19. Sad Is Stupid , Alison Cassidy
  20. 20. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  21. 21. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  22. 22. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  23. 23. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  24. 24. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
  25. 25. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  26. 26. The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad , Robert Herrick
  27. 27. Happy & Sad , Sumita Datta
  28. 28. The Lacking Sense Scene.--A Sad-Coloured.. , Thomas Hardy
  29. 29. Sonnet Xxxi: With How Sad Steps, O Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  30. 30. Sad Sad Day , Laura Green
  31. 31. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
  32. 32. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  33. 33. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  34. 34. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  35. 35. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  36. 36. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  37. 37. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  38. 38. Sad Cypress , koyel mitra
  39. 39. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  40. 40. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
  41. 41. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
  42. 42. Mad And Sad , Samantha Guinen
  43. 43. ’tis A Sad, Mad World! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  44. 44. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  45. 45. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  46. 46. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  47. 47. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
  48. 48. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  49. 49. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism , Michael Shepherd
  50. 50. Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From Day To .. , William Lisle Bowles
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