Do you feel sorry for me?

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I was hurt today
(says Ruby)
with a very bad hurt.

There was blood on my knee
and I banged my chin. See?
Do you feel sorry for me?

We were running too fast.
Lauren got a bleeding nose:
I crashed her with my head.

Ellen squealed Ee! but I just cried.
I have to scoot slowly now
because it hurts my knee.

Do you feel sorry for me?
Do you feel more sorry for Ellie,
or do you feel more sorry for me?

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Rachel McAlpine

From a story told by Ruby, aged 4 or 5 or 6

For goodness sake

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For goodness sake (says Ruby)
I know how to spell AND.
You don’t have to write it
in fancy writing.

For goodness sake,
I know how to spell A.
It’s just one letter.
That’s how we spell it at school.

Marie said, “What’s that tattoo
and can I have one too?”
and I said,
For goodness sake, no!

It’s already ruined.
I washed it and it’s blurry.
For goodness sake,
no!

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Rachel McAlpine

Poem uttered by Ruby, aged 6