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The Boar and the Wolf: A Poetry Challenge for My Hubber Friends

Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.

The Boar


The Challenge

I had a visitor to my latest hub today by the name of Natalie Frank. I returned the read by visiting one of her hubs titled, Crazy, Fun Holidays in September You'll Want to Celebrate. In the course of reading this very fine hub, I discovered that September 1 is No Rhyme or Reason Day. In this part of the article, Natalie included a list of words with which no other words rhyme perfectly. So I took this list of ten words and wrote a poem.

I'm not a great poet. But I put together something with rhyme and meter that uses all ten of the words in Natalie's list. I'll share that below. I want to challenge my hubber friends to step up and give this a try. See if you can write a rhyming poem with the ten words I will list and which I've taken from Natalie Frank's article. I encourage you to visit Natalie's hub as well.

Ten Words That Do Not Perfectly Rhyme With Any Other Word

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

The Wolf


The Boar and the Wolf

Deep in the forest so dangerous,

Lay a boar who was fat and ponderous.

He feared the sly wolf,

And to tell you the truth,

Considered the beast to be pompous.

In running, the pig was no paragon,

But challenged the wolf to a marathon.

On pasta the pig dined,

And drank down a pint

Of green beer he got from a leprechaun.

The winner would gain a trophy silver

Which the wolf thought he could pilfer.

When boar reached mile ninth,

He collapsed and pined,

For in his foot he had gotten a sliver.

The wolf over the pig did hurdle

With the trophy in a blanket of purple.

Pig was discombobulated,

Had misunderestimated*

That he himself was slower than a turtle.

The wolf labored and authored an opus,

Which he penned on a pigskin corpus.

In less than a month,

Pigskin he did punt,

In a challenge he had with a tortoise.

*Misunderestimated, a word created by former US President George W. Bush

The Pigskin


Yes, my poem is nonsense, but I'm kind of proud of it. Now it is your turn. Use all ten words in the list and write your own poem. Come back here with the link and I will make a list for others who want to read your creation.

Challenge Participants

John Hansen-Olympic Dreams

Ann Carr-Geraint the Siever

Shyron E Shenko-Sloth and the Weasel

Rinita Sen-The Last Capitan

Threekeys-Can be read in Threekeys' comment below.

© 2018 Chris Mills


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on October 15, 2018:

Doris, If it was possible to be laughed off HP, there would already have been a meeting of the minds.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on October 15, 2018:

I love these, Chris. I'll try to get around to reading them all. I saw your challenge when it first came through, but as I say, "I'm not a poet and I know it." I don't believe I'm up to it because I don't want to be laughed off Hubpages.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 16, 2018:

That's fine, Threekeys. I'll direct people to my comments to read it. Thanks for getting back to me.

threekeys on June 16, 2018:

Hi Chris, thankyou for your lovely compliment.

Its all good if you are okay with my offering being here with you.

All the best. Cheers.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 16, 2018:

Threekeys, would it work for you to put that up as one of your hubs, and I can put a link from here to your hub? This is great. I am so amazed at what you have done with these words. "Cool opus, like the heady scent of roses." Come back and leave your link when you get this posted.

threekeys on June 16, 2018:

Hi Chris

here's my contribution to your poetic challenge.

the sign of the ninth month

stands in front

when my eyes

are pulled to the wood pile

where the silver crescent moon sighs

and mirrors a light-wise

upon the howling wolf surprise

which triggers a spinal song of highs

my cool opus, like the heady scent of roses

which serves to expose

and discombobulate my senses

leaving me to run a marathon of tensions

through my mind of memories

some about love, some about dangerous enemies....

Thankyou Chris for this fun exercise.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on June 15, 2018:

Ha ha Chris! Nonsense is good sense, a recompense for too much intense and purposes. Felt like I was watching Saturday morning cartoons reading this, the kick-off to a great challenge.

Rinita Sen on June 15, 2018:

I so loved this poem and the challenge that I thought I would give it a try. My humble attempt at responding to your challenge is here: https://letterpile.com/poetry/The-Last-Captain-In-...

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 13, 2018:

Chris, I love your poem and I know that Natalie is proud.


Blessings my friend

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 13, 2018:

Shauna, your funny bone has good taste in humor. Thanks for the visit.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 13, 2018:

Peg, If this was a Dr. Seuss, it would be called The Pig in the Wig, and it would have been a whole different story line. But thanks for the comparison :)

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 13, 2018:

Excellent job, Chis! Your poem flows well and tickles the funny bone to boot!

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on June 13, 2018:

You did a great job in using all these non-rhyming words and created a masterpiece of fun. Reminded me of Dr. Seuss. Wonderful!

Ann Carr from SW England on June 13, 2018:

Great! I look forward to your response.


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

Paula, hmmm, I know it's you because your name appears next to a very thought provoking quote that falls far short of the previous photograph that occupied that space.

Thank you for the cheer, and I hope you do join the fun in this challenge.

Suzie from Carson City on June 12, 2018:

LOL! Bravo, Chris! You surpassed the challenge. Very impressive and I love nonsense poems. It's always good to smile! I need to rest up before giving this a try. :)

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

Redelf, I'm glad you found your way here. John's poem is excellent. I like how he had such relevant theme.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

Shyron, I'm glad to hear you will be participating. Good luck at the poker game.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

Dora, Thank you. Wordsmiths. I love that word.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

Ann, Thanks for taking part. I've posted your poem. I hope your challenge goes well. I will be participating in yours as well.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

manatita, thank you. You like the word, misunderestimated? We have George W. to thank for that one.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

Venkatachari M, Entertaining is what we do here, for the most part. I'm glad we are successful.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 12, 2018:

Linda, thank you. Yes, we are having fun with the challenge.

RedElf from Canada on June 12, 2018:

Came here from John's hub. Certainly finding some interesting poems today. Thanks for the fun!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 12, 2018:

Fabulous Chris, mine is almost done,

but it will have to wait I have a poker game at 1.

Jodah's (John's) is great too, have to go back and comment, all are awesome.

Blessings my friend.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 12, 2018:

You ought to be proud. The poem shows what a creative wordsmith you are.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 12, 2018:

Hi Chris! I had fun doing this and here is the link to my response to your challenge:



manatita44 from london on June 12, 2018:

I'm proud of it too. You did well, Bro, excellent in fact, with some embellishment, sugar and spice added. Bravo!!

Stanza four has some interesting words. Ha ha.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 12, 2018:

A wonderful poetry, Chris. I enjoyed the poetry and the story as well. Very entertaining! You achieved it worthy.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 11, 2018:

Your poem is certainly creative, Chris! The challenge sounds very interesting.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 11, 2018:

Sean, I appreciate those thoughts. John did a terrific job on his. I'm hoping for more soon.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 11, 2018:

Frank, thank you. Keep an eye out for notifications to this hub. The postings will be here.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 11, 2018:

Thank you, John. I'll post it now.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on June 11, 2018:

Thank you for the lough, Chris! You are gifted bro! Amazing work!

Let's see John's (Hansen) too.

God bless you!


Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 11, 2018:

Chris this looks like fun.. your poetry was freakin amusing.. loved it.. and I can't wait to check out the results... bless you

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2018:

Chris this was challenging but fun.mthe link to my poem is: https://letterpile.com/poetry/Olympic-Dreams-a-Poe...

Ann Carr from SW England on June 11, 2018:

Thought it was odd; now I know why!


Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 11, 2018:

I should say something about the word, misunderestimate. This was a word coined by our beloved former President George W. Bush. He added a few words to the English language.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 11, 2018:

Ann, It is great to see you today. I hope you do give this a go. I will be looking forward to seeing what you come up with.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 11, 2018:

Threekeys, Thank you for stopping by today. Yes, please do have a try at this. It is a challenge and fun as well. Let me know when you have posted.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 11, 2018:

Well done with your amusing poem, Chris! I love challenges like this and will certainly give it a go, though it might take a while. Fancy having a 'No Rhyme or Reason' Day! Whatever next!

A fun read on this sunny Monday morning.


threekeys on June 10, 2018:

Fun and clever of you Chris.

Loved the poem!

May have a try at this poem too.

Chris Mills (author) from Traverse City, MI on June 10, 2018:

John, thanks for stopping by and checking this out. I don't have much of a reach into HP anymore so your participation will be a big help.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on June 10, 2018:

I love challenges, Chris, and this certainly is that. You did a great job getting even close to rhyming these and will be difficult to match. I will try though.

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