Doing the Hokey-Cokey with the Ladies from Afghanistan

Five of them dressed in black

from head to foot. We do it

in a circle, partly for the children,

partly because we’re teaching

the English words for arms, legs etc.

Wednesday morning in St Stephen’s

church hall. The children have

already done heads, shoulders,

knees and toes knees and toes.

The ladies from Afghanistan

do their best to join in, shaking a leg,

in out, in out and so on though

shaking it all about doesn’t

come easily and as for the finale –

shooting your arms up and shouting

Hoi! That’s what it’s all about!

their faces suggest this is nuts.