Saturday, January 1, 2000

Shakespeare Spin Off: Hokey-Pokey

This year's winner of the Washington Post's invitational writing contest... which asked readers to "submit instructions - for anything - written in the style of a famous person."

The Hokey-Pokey
by William 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 Heaven's yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely canst go, girl.
The Hoke, the poke- banish now thy doubt
Verily. I say, 'tis what it's all about.

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