The National Poetry Contest had come down to two semi-finalists: An American Yale graduate, and a Newfoundlander. They were given a single word,then allowed two minutes to come up with a poem that contained the word.

The word they were given was " TIMBUKTU "

The Yale graduate steps to the microphone and says:

"SLOWLY 'CROSS THE DESERT SAND

TREKKED A LONELY CARAVAN.

CAMELS MARCHING, TWO BY TWO

DESTINATION - TIMBUKTU".


The crowd went crazy! No way could the Newfie top that, they thought.
The Newfoundlander calmly made his way to the microphone and Recited:

"ME AND TIM A HUNTIN' WENT,

MET T'REE WHORES IN A POP-UP TENT.

DEY WAS T'REE, AND WE WAS TWO,

SO I BUCKED ONE, AND TIMBUKTU!"

The Newfie won hands down.