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|The finals of the National
Poetry Contest last year came down to two finalists. One was a Duke 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
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
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.
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