Hernando’s Hideaway

There was a time when English teachers taught

their students if they sang the poetry

of Robert Frost they’d get the meter right.

They only had to listen to the song

“Hernando’s Hideaway” and sing along,

“Who’s woods these are I think I know.”

Of course they had to play the song

and know the musical, Pajama Game,

but it was fun, at least the teachers thought

that it was fun reciting poetry

as if it was “Hernando’s Hideaway.”

“Who’s woods these are I think I know.

His house is in the village though.”

The problem is the rhythm’s screwed

when singing to a four beat line

pretending it’s “Hernando’s Hideaway.”

It works for counting syllables

but wrecked the meter, rhythm of the lines.

But no one cares for meter any more

and teachers are too young to know

the music of “Hernando’s Hideaway.”

Olé!

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