The following is from the Washington Post Style Invitational contest that asked 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 William Shakespeare). We like to periodically share this for a little chuckle!
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.
(Written by Jeff Brechlin, Potomac Falls, Maryland, and submitted by Katherine St. John.)
There are more than 800 assorted invitationals at this Washington Post link, one more creative than the next. Be sure to bookmark it for ongoing fun. To read more about how the invitational came to be and who's behind it, click here.
Have you participated in one of these contests? I confess I'm a bit intimidated by some of the winners. The submissions are so clever, I feel, you know, sort of... hokey-pokey.
Dani Greer runs the Blog Book Tours Yahoogroup which teaches authors how to promote their books with a virtual tour. Next class begins September 5, 2011. She is founding member of The Blood Red Pencil. This time of year, she can usually be found in her two-acre garden trying to whip the grow-y stuff into some form of visual interest if not beauty. She is also special projects coordinator for Little Pickle Press.