Ode for Thee, Seventeen

By Lucy Fox, TIWP Student

Some people,
for some odd reason,
like numbers such as
two.
Repulsive.
I would rather have
seventeen.
This may seem
strange
for 
seventeen
to be picked
as best
but it is unlikely
to be 
guessed.
Therefore,
it is scientifically
the best.
Odd?
Yes.
But  
prime,
not needing 
to share
with siblings
like five, ten,
and fifteen.
Its edges
are sharp
and
harsh,
not soft
like six
or eight.
No sir.
Seventeen 
is no pushover.
One number
people seem to like
is five.
I
think 
that they
just
want 
an easy number
to multiply.
In the wasteland
of math
there was a battle
between
twenty
and
three.
Seventeen emerged victorious.
And although
this may be 
but a short mirage
and although 
I could wake up tomorrow
and like
thirteen,
today,
I write and ode for thee,
seventeen.

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