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Butch Flaherty and the Tapdance Kid

by Dave Fitzgerald

"Ladies and Gentlemen.
Prepare to be amazed.
You're about to witness
The newest dancing craze.
You will see more sparks
Than on the National Grid,
Please welcome Butch Flaherty
And The Tapdance Kid!"

Butch and The Kid
Came out with broad smiles.
Excited to be showing off
Their new dancing styles.
The like had never been tried
By another dancing band,
They wore gloves on their feet
And tap shoes on their hands.

All of a sudden
It was the talk of the town,
About these new hoofers
Who danced upside-down.
They thought that their success
Would forever linger,
Until the perfomance
Where The Kid broke a finger.

The Kids convalescence
Seemed to take an age,
And twenty years later
They still weren't on stage.
There was not a tap shoe
A shoe maker could cobble
For a right-handed dancer
With a left-handed hobble.

So Flaherty and Tapdance
Had to call it a day.
For ground-breaking dancers
They had to make way.
But West End and Broadway
Remembered their names,
And had them inducted
To the Dance Hall of Fame.

A show was cried out for
When the announcement was made.
So Butch and Tapdance
Hoofed on one final stage...
And all of a sudden
They were the talk of the town,
Those two old hoofers
Who danced upside-down.


Posted on 02/10/2007
Copyright © 2022 Dave Fitzgerald

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 02/10/07 at 03:50 PM

This is sooo delightfully funny! The play on the names of past and present greats in the wild west and on stage, and the broken finger that changed history. What a hoot!! I want your creative mind, I do!!

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 02/13/07 at 03:01 AM

Got a laugh out of me Dave. Fun....Charlie

Posted by Jennifer Ragan on 02/13/07 at 01:31 PM

Great stuff Dave!

Posted by Maria Francesca on 02/14/07 at 01:59 AM

It's been awhile since I've read a good old fashioned story poem -- this one was great! -maria.

Posted by Genevieve Sturrock on 02/14/07 at 04:00 AM

i am an absolute sucker for rhythm and rhyme and you have both here in spades...add to that the fun subject matter and you have one smokin' poem. very enjoyable read!

Posted by Soulo Jacob Bourgeau on 02/14/07 at 07:38 PM

Extremely creative and entertaining, Dave.

Posted by Gregory R Schelske on 03/07/07 at 05:07 PM


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