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by Norman
Rated: E · Poetry · Entertainment · #2252064
I just use millimeters
I’m really on the short side.
You’d never call me tall.
In fact if I am honest,
I would confess I’m small.

It’s never been a problem.
My feet can touch the ground.
And height is not an issue
with most things I have found.

But still I am embarrassed
when thinking of my size.
I’d like to say I’m taller
but who’d believe those lies.

When measured out in inches,
I’m only sixty-four.
That’s really not impressive;
I’d like to say I’m more.

So I have a solution.
Yeah, much to my delight.
I just use millimeters
when telling folks my height.

Unless they’re European
they just don’t have a clue.
They think in feet and inches
like you and I would do.

I give them that big number
and I assume a pose.
And if they don’t believe me,
I stand up on my toes.

I can’t do that for long though.
You know I’m not that strong.
It’s works for just a while
but not for very long.

Hey, maybe I could fool them
by wearing a high hat.
But nothing makes me taller.
I’ll have to live with that.

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