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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 - 116,493 Points Robert Murray Smith (3/21/2017 12:56:00 AM)

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

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

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

  • 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

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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. Sad , Cristina Geanta
  8. 8. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  9. 9. To A Sad Daughter , Michael Ondaatje
  10. 10. For A Sad Lady , Dorothy Parker
  11. 11. Baseball's Sad Lexicon , Franklin Pierce Adams
  12. 12. My Sad Captains , Thom Gunn
  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. To The Sad Moon , Sir Philip Sidney
  18. 18. Sad Is Stupid , Alison Cassidy
  19. 19. Close Those Sad Sad Eyes , Beautiful Grim
  20. 20. The Bad Season Makes The Poet Sad , Robert Herrick
  21. 21. Sad Green Eyes , Linda Ori
  22. 22. Weep You No More, Sad Fountains , Anonymous Olde English
  23. 23. The Journey Of A Poem Compared To All Th.. , Delmore Schwartz
  24. 24. Peacock Story 8 - A Sad Poem , Alison Cassidy
  25. 25. Sad Song , Rahel Bluwstein
  26. 26. Bored And Sad , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  27. 27. Phantasmagoria Canto Vii ( Sad Souvenaun.. , Lewis Carroll
  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. Sonnet: Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From.. , William Lisle Bowles
  31. 31. Sonnet Iii: With How Sad Steps , Sir Philip Sidney
  32. 32. Sad Sad Day , Laura Green
  33. 33. ! To A God-Daughter On Her Sad Poem , Michael Shepherd
  34. 34. I Sing A Sad Song , Dorothy (Alves) Holmes
  35. 35. To A Sad Girl , Uriah Hamilton
  36. 36. The Sad Bastards Club , Francesca Johnson
  37. 37. .sad Girl , YURI DURAAN
  38. 38. Sad Cypress , koyel mitra
  39. 39. The Sad Day , Thomas Flatman
  40. 40. Languid, And Sad, And Slow, From Day To .. , William Lisle Bowles
  41. 41. Happy & Sad , Sumita Datta
  42. 42. Sad Eyes , Mariana Zita
  43. 43. Sad , Sylvia Chidi
  44. 44. ’tis A Sad, Mad World! , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  45. 45. The Sad Shepherd , William Butler Yeats
  46. 46. Sad And Lonely , Taher Shemaly
  47. 47. A Sad Sad Story , Joyce Hemsley
  48. 48. ! The Sad Story Of Happiness , Michael Shepherd
  49. 49. ! ! A Sad Tale Of Consumerism , Michael Shepherd
  50. 50. The Reason Why The Closet-Man Is Never Sad , Russell Edson
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