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

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Twenty ten or two thousand and ten?


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  • taiche
    taicheover 4 years ago

    Very observant and quirky fun – a great way to start (6am) my day! Thankyou :-)

  • Thanks for making mine, too, taiche. Reward for effort, yes?

    – Gary Kelly

  • rowand
    rowandover 4 years ago

    ye olde time talk, like it

  • My secret, Rowand, and I’d appreciate it if you kept this strictly between us, is that I’m a little crazy.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Terry Everson
    Terry Eversonover 4 years ago
    Very good Gary, I hope you are keeping copy of these poems you could put them in a book. You are as good as those bush poets that go around. Do you watch that show `Bush Slam` on the ABC on Tuesday nights?
  • Thanks, Tezza. Yes, I’ve got a ‘poetry’ folder in My Documents. I wish I’d thought of that ages ago because I’ve written heaps and forgotten about them. And yes, I’ve watched Bush Slam. Next question, please.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Slick Chic
    Slick Chicover 4 years ago

    i love this.. well said and written Gary.. nice work! ;D

  • Thanks, Luc. Coming from you, that’s saying something.

    – Gary Kelly

  • And thanks for the fav, LucC

    – Gary Kelly

  • AngelArtiste
    AngelArtisteover 4 years ago

    I call it two thousand ten.

  • Yes, well some women prefer to be just plain difficult, Angel. Now you’ve gone and ruined my day. :)

    – Gary Kelly

  • Slick Chic
    Slick Chicover 4 years ago

    I should thank you.. it sure was a lovely piece to read.. ;D

  • Well there ya go, LucC. It’s like your piece about opposites: I go red when I blush and you go, sort of… uh… well… um… thingy.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Graham Mewburn
    Graham Mewburnover 4 years ago

    twen’y ten’s got my vote
    I could sing it in a note
    or two or three
    but then who’s countin’
    not you, not me
    but come on ten plus three
    ‘cause I’ll be 65
    a sailor an’ a ’appy retiree

  • A singer I would love to be
    Instead of writing poetry
    But that is not my destiny
    And I thank the Lord for being me.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Graham Mewburn
    Graham Mewburnover 4 years ago

    Let thee be thee

  • ralph arce
    ralph arceover 4 years ago

    great writing, Gary. i felt very much alive :)

  • I can’t imagine you ever feeling any other way, Ralph.

    – Gary Kelly

  • Bill Atherton
    Bill Athertonover 4 years ago

    Great stuff… now off to read more of your work

  • Thank you Bill… how nice of you! I have a few works in progress at the mo, which I hope to post soon.

    – Gary Kelly

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