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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

  • Freshman - 799 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. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  7. 7. Sad In Blue (A Lyric) , Peter S. Quinn
  8. 8. Sad , Cristina Geanta
  9. 9. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  10. 10. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. In My Own Shire, If I Was Sad , Alfred Edward Housman
  12. 12. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  13. 13. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  14. 14. Sad-Eyed And Soft And Grey , William Morris
  15. 15. With How Sad Steps, O Moon, Thou Climb's.. , William Wordsworth
  16. 16. Sit Down, Sad Soul , Barry Cornwall
  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. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  21. 21. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  22. 22. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  23. 23. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
  24. 24. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  25. 25. The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad , Robert Herrick
  26. 26. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  27. 27. The Lacking Sense Scene.--A Sad-Coloured.. , Thomas Hardy
  28. 28. Sonnet Xxxi: With How Sad Steps, O Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  29. 29. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  30. 30. Happy & Sad , Sumita Datta
  31. 31. Sad Sad Day , Laura Green
  32. 32. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
  33. 33. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  34. 34. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  35. 35. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  36. 36. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  37. 37. Sad Cypress , koyel mitra
  38. 38. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  39. 39. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
  40. 40. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
  41. 41. ’tis A Sad, Mad World! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  42. 42. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  43. 43. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  44. 44. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  45. 45. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  46. 46. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
  47. 47. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  48. 48. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism , Michael Shepherd
  49. 49. Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From Day To .. , William Lisle Bowles
  50. 50. Mad And Sad , Samantha Guinen
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