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Poem: A Man with Many Hats

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Mark Tulin is an author, poet, and short-story writer who lives by the avaricious central coast.

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My Favorite Clothing Accessory

Hats are by far my favorite clothing accessory. It is the garment that is the most connected to my personality.

It all started with my parents. They demanded that I wear hats when I left the house. Even as a baby, I always wore a little white cap to cover the top of my head and little ears. When it snowed, I not only had to wear a beanie but a hoodie. When I played ball with the kids, a baseball cap was necessary. And now, at sixty-five I have never stopped wearing hats when I leave the house.

Poem: A Man with Many Hats

I hang hats on hooks and the racks on walls,

in the back of doors and on my bedposts.

I can’t resist buying a new one at a hattery

or a haberdashery.

I like them with bills, brimmed, hard or soft.

I don one for strolling, thinking, fishing,

or when I’m praying at the Wailing Wall.

I wear a different one each day, for each mood,

one for high winds, low tides,

and another that I save when Jerry Garcia returns.

I wear a visor when I backhand a tennis ball,

a Jeff cap at a record store,

a Fedora gives me finesse

when I sip champagne at a piano bar,

a turban to look exotic or elegant

or a bonnet when I dress in drag.

I’m okay in a bucket hat at a Dodger’s game

or smoking a cigar in a Panama at a linen shop.

People recognize me by my hats

and the cleft it leaves on my forehead,

my ever-changing chapeau when I’m reciting verse,

distinguishing myself

from all the hatless chaps with unmanageable hair.

Wearing hats is not about covering up my bald spot

or protecting my bare pate from the sun—

It’s expressing the many characters I’ve become.



Comments

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on May 22, 2020:

Thanks, Chitrangada. Truly, it’s not just a hat. It’s an expression of character.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 22, 2020:

Your wonderful poem reminded me of the famous saying, ‘A hat is not just a hat. It is someone’s expression.’

Most definitely, it enhances the personality of the men or women. Reminds me of some classic movies and novels.

Well expressed and enjoyable poem. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on April 06, 2020:

Thanks, Diane.

Diane Denison on April 06, 2020:

I must say you write the cutest poems in which I know I will always chuckle. Must share this.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on April 04, 2020:

Much thanks, Miebakagh57

Miebakagh57 on April 04, 2020:

I think the poem interesting as it is, is geting popular online.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on April 03, 2020:

Thank you, Devika for your read and response. Much Peace.

Devika Primic on April 03, 2020:

Interesting about hats for men and it is true hats make a man feel good.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on April 02, 2020:

Thank you, Brenda for your input and perspective on my zany world of hats. You absolutely may share my poems, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 02, 2020:

Mark,

I can picture all your hats hanging from everywhere.

I've known a few that wear hats all the time and they do have a head of hair.

I wear them in the summer, but not so much in the winter.

Besides.. they flatten the top of my hair..lol.

They do take them off when we go to dinner, so I can see what they actually look like.

Great poem. I enjoyed the read.

May I share some of your poetry to my page called poets with a voice?

https://www.facebook.com/poetswithavoice/

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on April 02, 2020:

That’s good point, Flourish. Hair and hats are at odds.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on April 02, 2020:

Well said,Laurinzoscott.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 02, 2020:

I’m trying to picture that bonnet and whether it’s a big floppy one? Just kidding. I enjoy hats too but I’m also known for my hair so the two are at odds. I enjoyed this poem.

Laurinzoscott from Kanab, Utah on April 02, 2020:

Awesome poem.

.and I LOVE hats too...God has blessed me to wear many as well; both literally and physically...

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on April 01, 2020:

Thanks, Rinita

Rinita Sen on April 01, 2020:

Interesting and informative, with a humorous twist. I never even knew there were so many types of hats. Hats off to you :)

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 31, 2020:

I don’t have hair to flatten, Shauna, so I have an advantage. The only thing is that some hats leave a ring around my scalp that takes a while to go away.

I’m kind of like Mike Love of the Beach Boys. I only take my hat off when I go to sleep.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 31, 2020:

I've never been able to wear hats. I have a small head and just don't like the way they look on me. Plus, they flatten my hair. We can't have that now, can we?

This was a fun poem, Mark. You're even wearing a hat in your avatar!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 30, 2020:

That’s one hat I’ve never worn, Marlene. Thanks for the read.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on March 30, 2020:

I am a hat wearer, for sure. Since high school, hats have always been part of my way of expressing myself. Your poem is a wonderful attribute to hats. My favorite... the French beret.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 30, 2020:

You’re welcome, Larry.

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on March 30, 2020:

Hats off to a rollicking soliloquy...thank you for this morning's humor that I drank with my coffee...Larry

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 30, 2020:

Thanks, Lorna. Where have all the beautiful and exotic women’s hats of the 30s and 40s gone? I wonder if that fashion trend will come back.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 30, 2020:

Thank you, Aishatu.

Anya Ali from Rabwah, Pakistan on March 30, 2020:

Enjoyable read!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 30, 2020:

Miebakagh, I remember you telling me that you were a fisherman. and if I remember correctly, a very good one. And you’re also wearing a cool hat in your profile picture. Long live the hat!! Thanks for your comment.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on March 30, 2020:

And interesting likewise.

Lorna Lamon on March 30, 2020:

You have brought the world of hats to life in this uplifting poem Mark. I love the idea of wearing hats as an expression of your character. An enjoyable read.

Miebakagh Fiberesima from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA. on March 30, 2020:

Hello Mark, so good. One of the best thing I like about a poem is for it to be simple and carry a person along. I am a fisherman, and I had to wear one that properly suits me day or night. Thanks for sharing.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 29, 2020:

That’s a funny story, Nell. I’m not about to outsmart my wife. She knows me too well. ⛑

Nell Rose from England on March 29, 2020:

lol! I love it! It reminds me of an advert many years ago over here in the UK. It was for an alcoholic drink if I remember rightly. The guy had loads of hats and caps, and when asked where he was, his wife would look at the caps and say, oh his fishing hat is here, his shopping hat is here...and so on. trouble was he would cheat and wear them to the pub!

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 29, 2020:

Thanks, John. I think a lot of people out there have an affinity for their chapeau.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on March 29, 2020:

I am the same, Mark. I have a hat for every occasion whether driving, gardening, supporting my favourite team, or dressing up in costume. I enjoyed this poem. Cheers.

Mark Tulin (author) from Santa Barbara, California on March 29, 2020:

Thank you, Ruby. I hope you and Ray have a happy hat day.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 29, 2020:

They say that a hat makes a man, from your word usage I would say " It's true. " I can relate, my husband Ray has a hat for every occasion and he never steps outside without his hat for the day. Your poem was an enjoyable read.