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NINETY-EIGHT

If I was a Roman
I think I would hate
a number like 98.
Roman times
was when
ninety was written then
as a hundred
take away ten.
But you see
a hundred
was a 'C'
and a ten was an 'X'
but the 'X'
didn't come next.
A hundred and ten
was written 'CX'.
What they said
was: write 'XC' instead
But that's not all - wait,
because you need the eight
which you made out of a five
and a three
but what was a five?
A five was a 'V'.
And in Roman sums
a three looked like three ones
but a one was an 'I'
(don't ask why!).
So you wrote an 'X' and a 'C'
followed by a 'V'
then an 'I' and an 'I' and an 'I' to make
98.
Great.

Michael Rosen

Here's an artistic fact that still pinches
All you budding Leonardo Da Vincis
A piece of A4
Will restrict what you draw
To NINETY-EIGHT and seven-sixteenth square inches

A Stanton

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