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

Updated on October 3, 2018
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Chris has written poetry for 28 years though he focuses on short fiction. But watch out for the occasional twisted nursery rhyme.

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

Shyron E Shenko-Sloth and the Weasel

Rinita Sen-The Last Capitan

Threekeys-Can be read in Threekeys' comment below.

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    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      22 months ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      22 months ago from Beautiful South

      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.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years ago

      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 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years ago

      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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

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

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      Peg Cole 

      2 years ago from Northeast of 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 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Great! I look forward to your response.

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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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      Suzie 

      2 years ago from Carson City

      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. :)

    • cam8510 profile imageAUTHOR

      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      RedElf 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

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

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      Ann Carr 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

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

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago from SW England

      Thought it was odd; now I know why!

      Ann

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years 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 

      2 years ago

      Fun and clever of you Chris.

      Loved the poem!

      May have a try at this poem too.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 years ago from Traverse City, MI

      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 

      2 years 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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