Dancing Fool

John Hartford

Millions listened to the Opry dancers.
AM radio bounces off the stratosphere
like a fiddling man with taps on his shoes.
Tack a pickup to a plywood board. Dog,
you play a percussion instrument. Here’s
a little piece, ladies, sail away. Clogging
is done mostly on the heel, while buck
dancing’s from the balls–of the feet, son.
Or vice versa. Either way. Like Whitman’s
baseball: it’s an American game. Wherever
it originated. The name of the trick is non-
chalance. The face says I ain’t doing nothin’.
wink, wink. While you sweat like sweet ice
tea in August. Dance sixteen to the bar, boy.


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