The Hokey Pokey
The following is (allegedly) from the Washington Post Style Invitational 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 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,
Mad gyration, hips in wanton swirl.
To spin! A wilde release from Heaven's 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
Ed. note: we researched this on Google to see if credits were available. We were not the first to have done so for some reason or other, and some postings disputed the origin. We did NOT see the Post as one of the listed references. In the hope that someone, somewhere would like a little credit for a great effort, and in the hope THIS is accurate, we found the following attribution a couple of times -
"Written by Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls, Maryland, and submitted by Katherine St. John."