Unhand me, gentlemen.

Nothing like the use of “unhand me”
To signal classical style.
You need only say, “Unhand me, you brute” to conjure up
An olde worlde full of Renaissance men
Galloping on their horses and seizing hold of ladies
In bosomy white blouses busting out of corsets.
It’s robust, “unhanding.”
Were I to say it now, I could not do it unironically
But it’s a shame
Given what a succinct and forceful way it is to say
“Get your stinkin’ hands off me, jerk!”


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