“Chips” sends in this tidbit that originally appeared in the Baker Street Journal vol. 16 no. 2 (June 1966) by Chris Redmond (JHWS “Buster”).
by Chris Redmond
Observe the famous profile. See the pipe—
Traditionally curved, though really straight—
On which he puffs, as men of every type
Narrate their strange experience or fate.
That famous phrase of “Elementary,
My dear Watson,” was one he never spoke;
But he is known for it in every
Discussion of him, each pastiche, each joke.
Popularly, he crawled across the rug,
In deerstalker and cape, viewing with care
Through magnifying glass each thread or bug,
Each ash or bit of mud, which he found there.
It’s fiction, or else legend—but forsooth~
Since we believe it, isn’t it the truth?