If depressed by your age

Remember the sage

Who by numeric twist

Would thereby insist

That at year Twenty-one

The age of great fun

A mathematical quirk

Commences to work

Stopping further addition

From then to perdition.

He said

“Double your age,

Then add an ‘0’

Divide by your age,

C’mon,don’t be slow!

Now add a year

There’s nothing to fear

‘Cos now you will see

That you, too, must be

Just Twenty-one,


            George Potter (after Edward Lear)

Published by George Potter

A retired Chartered Mechanical Engineer, still adept at getting my hands (and clothes) dirty, inventor of all sorts of non-commercial, but novel solutions, amateur carpenter and occasional writer of poems and painter in watercolours.

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