When Marvin Moose took dance class,
They told him belly dancing
And so he went to classes,
At last the teacher told them
The lakeside stage was lovely
He called himself Moosetafa,
With woodpecker percussion,
A belt of chains and coins sat
He left his chest uncovered
The shimmy of his antlers
At last his dance was over,
© 2000 by Julie Anne Elliot, All Rights Reserved
|Visit Shira's Showcase, an online store, for T-shirts, sweatshirts, mouse pads, and mugs with this image on them.|
In the mid-1970's, a group of college students were counselors at a Lutheran summer camp named EWALU near Strawberry Point, Iowa. One of them was a minister's son named Gundy. History has lost the story of what prompted them to start thinking of moose humor, but soon they were putting moose-y words to familiar songs. For example, sing the following words to the "Mickey Mouse Club" melody:
Who's the leader of the club
After that summer, Gundy inflicted his moose humor on two of his friends from high school, Phil and Julie, both of whom were students at the University of Iowa. They in turn carried it to a new place, Iowa City. Soon their circle of friends there were serenading strangers on the street with moose songs. The group, including Carla, Sheila, Tammy, Diana, Steve, Bill, and of course Phil and Julie started calling themselves "the mooses" and extended the original humor to new heights of mooseness. Their favorite song always remained "Marvin Moose". Sometimes they would call each other up on the phone and sing it. Sometimes they would gather under the window of a fellow moose's apartment or trailer and serenade the occupant. Some acquired moose figurines and stuffed mooses. Julie's boyfriend (now husband) started doodling moose cartoons.
Decades later, the Iowa City group of friends have scattered across the United States. They now live in Illinois, Kansas, California, Minnesota, Washington, and Missouri. Gundy, who inspired them all, lives in Idaho. Julie has transformed into Shira, a belly dancer and owner of this web site. How could she possibly resist the temptation to give Marvin Moose a new hobby?
Shira, also known as Julie Anne Elliot, has been writing poetry ever since she was about 12 years old. Her poems have been published in several "small press" poetry journals. At age 21, she wrote her first French-language poem: Le Voile De La Nuit. Every now and then, she feels the uncontrollable urge to write something that's utterly silly, and she has found that when that happens, the safest thing to do is go with it. Hence, this little specimen of doggerel.
|COPYRIGHT NOTICE: The poetry and artwork on this page were done by Shira. Copyright 2000 by Julie Anne Elliot. All rights reserved. If you want to use it elsewhere, you must first get permission. To request such permission, contact Shira.|
Belly Dancing Information & How-To's: | About Belly Dancing | How-To's | Middle Eastern Culture | Belly Dancing Fun & Frolic | Belly Dancing Poetry & Art | Reviews: Books, Music, Videos | Find Belly Dancing Teachers/Performers | Tech Talk | Links |