Olympic Dreams: A Poetry Challenge

Updated on June 11, 2018
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Ten Words That Do Not Perfectly Rhyme With Any Other Word

In his hub 'The Boar and the Wolf' Chris Mills issued a challenge for fellow hubbers to attempt to write a poem with the following ten words that do not perfectly rhyme with any other word.

  • silver
  • purple
  • month
  • ninth
  • pint
  • wolf
  • opus
  • dangerous
  • marathon
  • discombobulate

This poem is my attempt to respond to the challenge.

Olympic Dreams

Olivier trained hard to make the Games’ team.

To compete in the Olympics was his childhood dream.

Four years of devotion was about to pay off

With selection trials at the end of the month.


His favourite movie was Mr Holland’s Opus.

It always inspired him that nothing was hopeless.

The selection of Rio, please let’s elaborate,

Was never meant to discombobulate.

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A nickname had stuck; he was called the Black Wolf,

Ever since he once plated his first game of golf.

Of 18 holes played they’d stop after the ninth

To compare best shots and have a quick pint.


Olivier’s form struck a good patch of purple,

His toughest event the 200m hurdles.

Although Rio De Janeiro is known to be dangerous,

As an Olympic venue it really was fabulous.

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His specialty event would be the decathlon

But his desire was to win an Olympic marathon.

He hoped to win gold or even silver,

To stand on the podium was the dream of Olivier.


Now it’s all been and gone, the Olympics is done,

And history records how the Black Wolf had won,

Not just the decathlon, and the marathon too,

But the hearts of the spectators like me and you.

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Lawrence. Good for you..the pentathlon..wow! I was good at a variety of sports at school but never tried a multiple event. Blessings.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        5 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        John

        Really enjoyed this. Especially liked the idea of running in the Decathlon.

        I used to do the Pentathlon when I was a teenager.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Rinita. Thank you for reading and your generous comment. Glad you enjoyed the story.

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        Rinita Sen 

        2 months ago

        Such a beautiful story so vividly expressed. My favorite rhyme pick was 'wolf' and 'golf'. Thank you, John for sharing.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Verlie. I appreciate your comment. Yes, when I heard the word "marathon" I immediately thought Olympics.

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        2 months ago from Canada

        John you rhyme sublime. I really like your response to Chris' challenge. Bringing it full circle with the Olympics theme, well played...

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Li-Jen, thank you for reading and your insightful comment. It was an interesting challenge.

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        manatita44 

        2 months ago from london

        Ralph is an interesting person with tremendous will. He can easily move from the political to the sublime. I like him a lot! But you also can. So stay alert! Lol.

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        2 months ago

        Hey Jodah, I admire how you planned Olivier's name to rhyme with sliver! Haha. Although the selected words aren't meant to rhyme perfectly, you did a good job of rhyming. Discombobulate sounds hard but you managed to use a sort of opposite meaning, elaborate, with it. Nice pair. Thanks for sharing.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you bro manatita. Donald and Kim's negotiations certainly sound like Ralph's cup of tea, but it would be very good material for a poem. Let me think on that.

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        manatita44 

        2 months ago from london

        Noble effort and current theme of the Olympics. Best I have seen so far. Maybe someone would do one on Donald and Kim's negotiations for Peace.. If you or Ralph do one like that with beauty, hope ... vision in mind, you'll have my eternal Gratitude. Excellent piece!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Shauna, it's always a pleasure to receive a comment from you, and a very generous one at that. These challenges are such fun.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        2 months ago from Central Florida

        What fun, John! You answered Chris' challenge with the poetic mastery for which you are known.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Welcome back, Eric. My light is always on and door open. Feel free to drop in any time and thanks for the like offer.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, RedElf. I am a fan of Ogden Nash too. Yes, I hated the word discombobulate but did the best I could.

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        May be rude I figure. But I really like your stuff so I came back uninvited. Thanks for leaving the light on and door open. My door will always be open fer' you.

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        RedElf 

        2 months ago from Canada

        Well woven, John. Discombobulate is the least poetical word I can think of, though it does bring Ogden Nash to mind. But you pulled it off.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, MsDora, gotta have a knack at something I guess.

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        Dora Weithers 

        2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Amazed at what you poets can do with random words. Good story. Excellent poetry.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Venkat, for the generous comment. It is always good when our work can make the reader smile.

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        Venkatachari M 

        2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        Very beautifully done. John, you are amazing at poetry. I enjoyed the reading with smiles.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Chris. I sat down and made a list of words that went close to rhyming with each one. These were the ones I could fit best into the story I wanted to portray. Glad you approved.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Linda. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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        Chris Mills 

        2 months ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

        I read this earlier today but didn't comment. So I'm back to take a closer look at your rhymes. Thumbs up for opus/hopeless and elaborate/discombobulate. The overall theme was excellent. Thanks for taking part, John.

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        Linda Crampton 

        2 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is a great response to the challenge, John. I enjoyed reading it.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Flourish. It was a little tricky with a couple I admit.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        2 months ago from USA

        That’s quite a challenge. Those I rhyming words would drive me batty. You did an admirable job trying to connect them and make them tell a story.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, brother Sean. What at first looks too difficult doesn't always prove to be that way. You just need to try.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha, Linda. Thanks for that.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Dana. I did my best.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Ann. Thank you. Yes, I always look forward to challenges. It takes the quandary of what to write next out of my hands. I eagerly look forward to your response.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Mary. The words looked daunting, but it was kind of fun. Yes, I just needed an excuse to revisit Chariots of Fire.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Chitrangada. The word 'marathon' actually was the spark for this poem. It was challenging, but not as hard as I first imagined it would be. Thank you for reading.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha, Eric....damn Half a century. You make me feel old. I think we are actually about the same age My Friend :) Thank you for the generous comment as always.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

        Oooh!!! You've made it seem a lot easier than really is! That is TALENT brother! Awesome and funny and meaningful too. Respect!

        Sean

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        Linda Lum 

        2 months ago from Washington State, USA

        John, I think you get the Gold medal for this one.

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        Dana Tate 

        2 months ago from LOS ANGELES

        It seemed as if the challenge would be difficult but you rose to the occasion.

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        Ann Carr 

        2 months ago from SW England

        Great poem, John, and a good response to Chris' challenge. I'm in the process of cooking something up for this one.

        I too was thinking it was time for a challenge and have got an idea for one of my own. It's a 'get round to it' for the moment though!

        Ann

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        You did a great job in putting these words together. I would not even attempt to do it. It worked so well. By the way, Chariots of Fire is also one of my favourite novels.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 months ago from New Delhi, India

        The words in the challenge, seem so difficult to bring together meaningfully, in a poem. But as usual, you did it in style and perfection.

        Excellent effort and thanks for sharing!

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        Eric Dierker 

        2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        John a true master you are. I was reading your bio and it hit me that you have been doing this for like a half a century. Well it shows in your excellence.

        Thank you

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for being the first to read this Bill. It was quite challenging but fun. I was just thinking how few writing challenges had been issued recently.

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        A fun read, John, and a tough challenge. I'm sure glad nobody expects poetry from me. lol

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