Hokey-Pokey, Shakespeare Style

You put your left leg in, You put your left le...

You put your left leg in, You put your left leg out, You put your left leg in and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around. That’s what it’s all about…  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.
— Jeff Brechlin. Backstory here.

Possible history of the term “hokey-pokey”. Apparently, it was a term for ice cream sold by Italian street vendors in the UK: “Gelati! O che poco!” — or something like that. Except in the UK, they call it the Hokey Cokey. Hmmmm…

Oh well. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m heading out for some ice cream, and then I’m gonna dance a jig…

3 thoughts on “Hokey-Pokey, Shakespeare Style

  1. The missing second stanza (to make up a 14 line sonnet) should be (insert at line 5):

    Next bend forth thy boney, gnarled knee
    Till it doth go out long and far
    Stretch out thy arm, straight as a tree
    And singeth thou a full-pitch’d “Rah Rah Rah!”

    • a minor re-edit ..

      Next bend forth thy boney, gnarl’d knee
      Till it doth go out, fullsome, long and far
      Stretch out thy arm, straight as a tree
      And singeth thou a full-pitch’d “Rah Rah Rah!”

      • ‘And singeth thou a full-pitch’d “Rah Rah Rah!”‘

        Love it. We should all start telling everyone that Shakespeare really wrote this 🙂

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