Your listening

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your listening is for me
a gift, a lift — at last,
the fourteenth floor


photo by Simon Law cc by-sa 2.0: “an old strip mall about to be torn down”
haiku by rachel mcalpine cc by 2.0

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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