If Ten were Twenty

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If Ten were Twenty

Is there any reason why
A zero should be naught,
Except that that is what we’re taught ?
But just to wonder, by-the-by,
If we could write an oh for ten,
And only turn the corner when
We reach eleven – only then
Should double digits start.
And when we get to twenty, so
We’d write it as a one-and-oh.
(Perhaps we’ll call it ‘tenteen’, though,
To fit the part.)

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