Anniversaire (take two)

I wrote a post earlier today celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday, but apparently I’ve been the unwitting victim of technological mayhem and/or gremlins yet again, so I shall have to hope for success this time:

Happy 444th birthday to William Shakespeare, who I’m sure would have something aesthetically and/or intellectually stunning to say about the occasion, had he not already forsaken this mortal realm for a more eternal one (in which I hope people get to fly, because that would be COOL).

I dare not attempt to impersonate the immortal bard nor his deliciously florid style; I leave that to quicker wits than mine – namely, those of Jeff Brechlin of Potomac Falls, Maryland, who penned this glorious manifestation of pure genius in response to a Washington Post Style Invitational challenge to write instructions in the style of a famous author:

The Hokey Pokey
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.

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