TimbuktuThe finals of the National Poetry Contest last year came down to two finalists. One was a San Francisco State University graduate from an upper crust family; well-bread, well-connected, and all that goes with it.
The other finalist was a redneck from Texas A&M. A self-proclaimed die-hard Aggie. Go figure.
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 San Francisco State graduate went first. About thirty seconds after the clock started he jumped up and recited the following poem:
Trekked the dusty caravan.
Men on camels, two by two
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:
Met three whores in a pop-up tent.
They was three, we was two,
So I bucked one and Timbuktu."