Little gold star
Miss Ryan reached into her bag
and took out a little gold star.
She stuck it on the top-right corner
my painting was the best by far.
She loved the clouds up in the sky
and all the poppies red.
"The big grey rock's wonderfully placed
right in the centre," she said.
I looked at her in puzzlement
she looked right back at me.
It's not a rock, that big grey thing
it's a tortoise you see!
Aideen Donohue 2020
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