Back in one thousand nine hundred and ten
the people got lazy and chose there and then
to call that year by a simpler name
so nineteen ten was what it became.
A hundred years later you hear folks say
two thousand and ten to my dismay.
Why not plain old twenty ten?
Like they used in the 20th century then?
I doubt if people said nineteen oh, oh
when 1899 gave up the show.
They’d have called it nineteen hundred, yes?
I wasn’t there, but that’s my guess.
The following year, was nineteen oh one
and not one thousand nine hundred and one.
So should it not follow, dear Breth ren
that this is the year of twenty ten?
I can understand using two thousand each time
we referred to the years between oh one and oh nine.
But it’s the end of the decade and we’re into the teens;
Time for twenty ten… to me it seems.
Nonetheless, when you boil it all down
there’s no need for knotted knickers or frown;
to spit the dummy or get off your bike;
You can call it whatever you bloodywell like.
You can see me reading my own poetry (if you’re silly enough) on my Youtube channel
Twenty ten or two thousand and ten?