Submission for Fifth Month Scholarship

Prompt:  May is the fifth month of the year. Write a letter to the number five explaining why five is important. Be serious or be funny. Either way, here’s a high five to you for being original.dice-2026955_960_720

A World Without Five

Five is an important number, in more ways than one (make that five).
If Five didn’t exist, then high fives would cease to exist,
and morale would take a high dive.

We would either have too many fingers or too few toes,
and starfish would be an X without an O.

We wouldn’t have the five golden rings like in “The Twelve Days of Christmas”–
the one with the pear and the bird in the tree–
and the whole refrain would sound quite the same, you see.

We’d be missing some nickels at 5 cents,
and the Five-and-Dime wouldn’t have made sense.

There would be Four W’s, but probably no H,
and so no one would know how to do anything
or how the hell anything happened to do.

None of us would have a clue.
The five-second rule would cease to exist,
for four wouldn’t be long enough,
and six would be enough too long.

Everything would have to be tossed,
and the world would be turned inside-out,
and right-side wrong.

That said, no longer would the letter S be seen as a 5–
they would no longer have to co-exist,
and it is only in this way that the number 5 would not be missed.

 

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