My First Double Dactyls

In the past, I have posted about double dactyls here and here.

In 1966, or 1967, When Hecht and Hollander published their book of Double Dactyls, Esquire magazine held a competition where readers could submit their own double dactyls.   I wrote the three that follow, but I didn’t have the courage to submit them.

Wilt-the-Stilt Chamberlain
In real life is really
About five foot two.
He dunks ’em because of his
So eat all your spinach,
It could happen to you.

Romeo Montague
Parting with Juliet
Did, in a word,
Call it “sweet sorrow” so
Thunderous silence was
All that was heard.

Andrès Segovia
Told a young student
To pick out a tune.
After a bar, he cried:
“And Madre de Dios!”,
I should play the bassoon!”



Wilt Chanberlain (known as “Wilt the Stilt”) was the greatest basketball player of that (and probably any) era.
Andrès Segovia was a famous Spanish classical guitarist.
Superplasticity means extraordinary ability to stretch.
Misericordia is the Latin for Mercy.




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