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FIFTEEN

When I was fifteen,
I was called in and told
I was the next Queen.
They opened a safe in the wall
and took out a golden crown,
crying God Save The Queen .
I was fifteen.

No more school with its maths
and music and malice.
I was whisked off in a limousine
to live in Buckingham palace.
Queen.
Fifteen.

I stood on the balcony,
waving down at the crowds.
Then called for a bit of hush
and said these words out loud:
How many years shall I reign?
How many years shall you be
loyal subjects to me -
the true and rightful, crowned, anointed
     Queen.
Back came a roar
like the tidal wave of a dream.
FIFTEEN

Michael Rosen

The product you get when you times
Together the first two odd primes.
Three times five is FIFTEEN
But what does "prime" mean?
I can't possibly show in one line!

A Stanton

SharkThere are 15 types of shark threatened with extinction.

China has 15 neighbouring countries, more than any other country.

The Earth's average surface temperature is 15 degrees centigrade.

The ozone layer starts 15 kilometres above sea level and is 15 kilometres thick.

AmazonThe Amazon river is fed by 15 thousand tributaries.

Aged 15 in Britain you can:

if you are a boy be sent to prison to await trial; and

see a 15 certificate film.

15 is a triangular number: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 = 15

A 3 x 3 magic square has a constant of 15 .

ChocolateAn average Briton eats 15 pounds of chocolate each year.

The world limbo record is 15 centimetres on foot.