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The National Poetry Contest had come down to semi-finals between a Yale graduate and a redneck from Wyoming.

They were both given a word, then allowed two minutes to study the word and come up with a poem that contained the word.

The word they were given was “Timbuktu”.

First to recite his poem was the Yale graduate. He confidently stepped to the microphone and said:

“Slowly across the desert sand
Trekked a lonely caravan
Men on camels, two by two
Destination: Timbuktu.”

The crowd went crazy. No way could the redneck top this, they thought.

The redneck, with sweat rolled down his face, made his way to the microphone and said:

“A friend and I a hunting went,
We spied three maidens in a tent,
They being three, we being two,
I bucked one and Tim bucked two.”

The redneck went to the finals.
Link: http://jokes4all.net/

(... Who would think of Timbuktu? ...)

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Ha! Another one I might come up with! LOL! :D :D :D :D


The judges disqualified both poems, suggesting instead:

Across Sahara's boundless span,

There trekked a stately caravan.

The retinue passed two by two,

Its destination: Timbuktu.

When me an' Tim a-campin' went,

We met three hookers in a tent.

Since they wuz three, an' we wuz two,

Well... I bucked one, and Timbuktu.  :blush: :blush: :blush:

Lol, T(h)ink - the "judge" should win the price - but the judge cannot compete, and, normally, the 3rd would be designed as winner ...

What would you propose?


That the judges award the prize in absentia, because the above verses were submitted anonymously.  :D

Lol, T(h)ink, that is indeed a good idea, and it could be used by the organisation for the museum, or for charity ...


Yes, indeed, since the anonymous author is in hiding.  :blush: :blush: :ermm: :) :D


Lol - :):D - I can see you.

Shhh... please don't tell anyone:blush: :) :D

Sure, T(h)ink, I didn't tell where. :angel::):D



Ah Marianne, now I regret I EVER doubted the English language for versatility and depth of expression!  :D  

Marianne Virginia

Lol, Virginia, when I was learning English, during a stay in England, I chose literature, rather than commercial English. :D:D