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Sweet sixteen, I've never been.
I banged my bedroom door.
I snarled at my mother.
I loathed her.
I hated to be seen with her.
I hated my acne.
I despised my own company.
I was bitter. Acid.
I was tart. Livid.

Sweet sixteen, I've never been.
I made sarcastic remarks.
I said Get a Life!
I said In your dreams!
Nothing is what it seems.
Hairs grew under my arms.
My mother moaned
'It's your hormones'
I groaned Hormones? You moron .

Sweet sixteen, I've never been .

My mother told me
My mates were unsavoury.
My tongue acerbic.
My mother screamed, frantic:
'You've turned sour!
Where's my lovely daughter?'
I said Grown up. What's up?
Where've you been?

Sweet sixteen, I've never been .

Jackie Kay

Draw out a square, four feet by four
The perimeter's SIXTEEN, what's more
Unique among squares
Its area shares
The same answer - SIXTEEN - as before

A Stanton

CaterpillarCaterpillars often have 16 legs (until they become butterflies and moths when they have only 6).

A day on Neptune is 16 hours long.

Germany has 16 cities with populations over 1 million.

16 is the lowest two digit square number.

At the age of 16 in Britain you can: marry (with parental consent); drive a moped; buy tobacco; drink beer, cider or wine with a meal in a restaurant; leave school; and become a street trader.

The dik-dik, an African dwarf antelope reaches only 16 inches in height.

In men's athletics the shot putt and hammer weigh 16 pounds each.

16 is a square number: 4 x 4 = 16

SaturnBoth Jupiter and Saturn have 16 satellites.

Neil Armstrong, apart from being the first man to walk on the moon, received his pilot's licence at the age of 16.

There are 16 ounces in a pound.