For your Holiday revels, instructions on an American Dance in an
"apparently" long-lost mss.
The following is from the Washington Post Style
Invitational (weekly humor 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-Pokey,
A mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heaven's yoke.
Blessed dervish! Surely thou 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)