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The Australian Poetry Competition had come down to two finalists, a university graduate and an old aboriginal. They were 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 university graduate. He stepped up 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 old aboriginal top that, they thought. Then the old aboriginal calmly made his way to the microphone and recited:


“Me and Tim a huntin’ went

Met three loose women in a pop-up tent

They were three, and we was two

So I bucked one, and Timbuktu…”


It was unanimous; the aboriginal won.

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