that’s what it’s all about

or, the hokey pokey, shakespeare style.  🙂

The
Washington Post Style Invitational Contest asked readers to rewrite some banal
instructions in the style of some famous writer.

The
winning entry was “The Hokey Pokey” song as if 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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