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March 21, 2006

Hokey Pokey

Borrowed this from Scroobious Scrivenings
The following is from the Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asked 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 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 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”

Written by Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls, Maryland, and submitted by Katherine St. John. For a critique of the famous bard’s Hokey-Poke, go to Paracelsus Rambles

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  • At 11:08 am on March 22, 2006, archshrk commented:

    Actually, the Hokey Pokey and the Macarena are the same dance.
    Try it…
    You put your left foot in, you take your left foot out
    You put your left foot in and you shake it all about, Hey Macarena!

    See, no difference.

  • At 10:41 am on March 22, 2006, Radioactive Jam commented:

    I can’t decide which I like less, Hokey Pokey or Macarena. Either way…

  • At 12:32 am on March 26, 2006, Malinda777 commented:

    Cute post. Thanks for the grin.

    Here from Michele

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