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

Updated on June 19, 2018
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Chris has been writing poetry for 28 years and though his focus is short fiction, he has had one piece published.

The Boar

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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

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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

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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

Verlie Burroughs-No Rhyme No Reason

Shyron E Shenko-Sloth and the Weasel

Rinita Sen-The Last Capitan

Threekeys-Can be read in Threekeys' comment below.

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        Chris Mills 7 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Threekeys 7 days ago from Australia

        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.

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        Chris Mills 7 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        Threekeys 7 days ago from Australia

        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.

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        Verlie Burroughs 8 days ago from Canada

        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.

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        Rinita Sen 8 days ago

        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-...

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        Shyron E Shenko 10 days ago from Texas

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

        https://letterpile.com/poetry/Sloth-and-the-Weasel...

        Blessings my friend

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        Chris Mills 10 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 10 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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 :)

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        Shauna L Bowling 10 days ago from Central Florida

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

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        Peg Cole 10 days ago from Dallas, Texas

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

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        Ann Carr 11 days ago from SW England

        Great! I look forward to your response.

        Ann

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        Paula 11 days ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        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. :)

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 11 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        RedElf 11 days ago from Canada

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

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        Shyron E Shenko 11 days ago from Texas

        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.

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        Dora Weithers 11 days ago from The Caribbean

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

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        Ann Carr 11 days ago from SW England

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

        https://letterpile.com/poetry/Poem-Geraint-the-Sie...

        Ann

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        manatita44 12 days ago from london

        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.

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        Venkatachari M 12 days ago from Hyderabad, India

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

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        Linda Crampton 12 days ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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        Chris Mills 12 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 12 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Chris Mills 12 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

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

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 12 days ago from Greece, Almyros

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

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

        God bless you!

        Sean

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        Frank Atanacio 12 days ago from Shelton

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

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        John Hansen 12 days ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Ann Carr 12 days ago from SW England

        Thought it was odd; now I know why!

        Ann

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        Chris Mills 12 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        Chris Mills 12 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        Chris Mills 12 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        Ann Carr 13 days ago from SW England

        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.

        Ann

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        Threekeys 13 days ago from Australia

        Fun and clever of you Chris.

        Loved the poem!

        May have a try at this poem too.

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        Chris Mills 13 days ago from Missoula, Montana through August 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.

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        John Hansen 13 days ago from Queensland Australia

        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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