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Ninety nine

It is an interesting number 5
one short of the one that 6 (11)
is held as a gold standard 6 (17)
for measures of success and failure, 6 (23)
the number that judges everything 5 (28)
from someone's sincerity to 4 (32)
the contamination in a bar of iron. 7 (39)
It is a hungry number, besmirched 6 (45)
by an accusation of incompleteness 5 (50)
though it is so perfect in form, 7 (57)
its twin members so beautifully 5 (62)
illustrating its two divisors 3 (65)
the first one less, the second one more 8 (73)
than that other fabulous number 5 (78)
which multiplied by itself yields 5 (83)
that magic figure all men yearn for. 7 (90)
Perfect and yet always incomplete. 5 (95)
Ever hungry, ninety nine. 4 (99)

(Exactly 99 words)

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