National Poetry Contest.

The finals of the National Poetry Contest last year came down to two finalists. One was a Harvard University Law School graduate from an upper crust family: well-bred, well-connected, and all that goes with it. The other finalist was a redneck from Southeast Alabama A&M.

The rules of the contest required each finalist to compose a four-line poem in one minute or less, and the poem had to contain the word “Timbuktu.”

The Duke graduate went first. About thirty seconds after the clock started he jumped up and recited the following poem:

    Slowly across the desert sand
    Trekked the dusty caravan.
    Men on camels, two by two
    Destination—Timbuktu.

The audience went wild! How, they wondered, could the redneck top that? The clock started again and the redneck sat in silent thought. Finally, in the last few seconds, he jumped and recited:

    Tim and me, a-huntin’ went.
    Met three whores in a pop-up tent.
    They was three, we was two,
    So I bucked one and Timbuktu.


    Forwarded from Ronald Poserina, Jr.