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Shakespeare and the Hokey Pokey
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0853  Wednesday, 7 May 2003

From:           Dale Lyles <
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Date:           Sunday, 4 May 2003 21:58:03 EDT
Subject:        Shakespeare and the Hokey Pokey

NOTE: Hardy, I haven't had time to read any postings lately, so if this
has already shown up, just delete it.

[Editor's Note: This poem did appear a while back, but it is so clever
that I thought it could stand to be re-posted. - Hardy]

Note: The following is from the Washington Post Style Invitational
contest that asks readers to submit "instructions" for something
(anything) but written in the style of a famous person. The winning
entry was The Hokey Pokey (as written by W. Shakespeare).

O proud left foot, that ventures quick within
Then soon upon a backward journey lithe.
Anon, once more the gesture, then begin:
Command sinistral pedestal to writhe.
Commence thou then the fervid Hokey-Poke,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heavens yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the poke -- banish now thy doubt
Verily, I say, 'tis what it's all about.
-- by William Shakespeare

(Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls)

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