Poem: A Man with Many Hats

Updated on March 29, 2020
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Mark Tulin is an author, poet, and short story writer who lives in Southern California. He writes about a variety of topics.

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.



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    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 months ago from New Delhi, India

      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.

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      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Diane.

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      Diane Denison 

      4 months ago

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

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Much thanks, Miebakagh57

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      Miebakagh57 

      4 months ago

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

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      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      Devika Primic 

      4 months ago

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

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      4 months ago from Washington Court House

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Well said,Laurinzoscott.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Laurinzoscott 

      4 months ago from Kanab, Utah

      Awesome poem.

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

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thanks, Rinita

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      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

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

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      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      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.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 months ago from Central Florida

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      4 months ago from USA

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      You’re welcome, Larry.

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      maven101 

      4 months ago from Northern Arizona

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

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      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.

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      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Thank you, Aishatu.

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      Anya Ali 

      4 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Enjoyable read!

    • Mark Tulin profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      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.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      And interesting likewise.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      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.

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      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      4 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      Nell Rose 

      4 months ago from England

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      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 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mark Tulin 

      4 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      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.

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