The National Poetry Contest was now down to the last two contestants; A Yale graduate and a Jamaican Rasta man. They were given a word and were 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 Yale graduate. He stepped to the microphone and said:
“Slowly across the desert sand,
trecked a lonely caravan;
Men on camels.two by two;
their destination? Timbuktu .
A big applause went up! No way could the Rasta man top that, they thought.
The Rasta man calmly made his way to the microphone and recited:
“Me and Tim, went on de road,
three thief stop wi, an want wi load.
They were three, and we were two.
So I bucked one and Tim buk tu.