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When Love Ended

I'm a writer, a poet, a dreamer. Born and raised in New York City. I now live in Daytona Beach, Florida. .


Inspired by Joe Cocker’s song “Leave Your Hat On”

Our love ended,

the day I understood,

you were a dashing dandy,

but not in love with just me -

you can leave your hat on.

It came on a day,

when walking in the park,

you swept off your hat,

for a pretty face passing by,

as far as I’m concerned -

you can leave your hat on.

We were dining one fine night,

you were such a dashing sight,

with your hat tipped low upon one brow,

how was I to know,

it was all a gallant show -

you can leave your hat on.

Dancing in the dark,

the brim of your hat,

touched against my forehead,

as you pulled me close,

I rolled my eyes,

no Fred Astaire were you -

but you can leave your hat on.

And so it has been,

as long as I have known you,

you and your hat are dashing,

but for me, I lost love long ago,

so don’t think me cruel,

leave me as you once found me -

you can leave your hat on.

Friends we can always be,

don’t forget about me,

in nights that are lonely,

you can come to call,

I still love to see your bright eyes,

smiling and laughing at me,

together we can weather every storm

and be so very strong -

just leave your hat on.

© 2019 Gypsy Rose Lee


Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 11, 2019:

Thank you, Michael and hope your day is sunny.

DREAM ON on January 11, 2019:

A wonderful poem with the video it makes it complete. You keep on surprising me with all your poems. Have a beautiful day.

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 09, 2019:

Thank you, Shauna.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 08, 2019:

I love your play on this classic song, Rasma!

Gypsy Rose Lee (author) from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 06, 2019:

Thank you, Eric. Could just imagine you with that cowboy hat.

Thank you, Bill. I know that Bev is really glad you changed.

Glad you enjoyed this Bronwen and you are absolutely right.

Thank you, Shyron and Happy New Year and blessings to you. Might have known one or two in my much younger days.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 06, 2019:

Gypsy, fantastic poem, hope this was not about someone you know.

Blessings and Happy New Year.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on January 05, 2019:

A fun poem with an underlying meaning - enjoyed it immensely. Our wearing of headgear and what we do (or don't do) with it can reveal to others much about ourselves and our attitude to others.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 05, 2019:

Enjoyable read....I've known a few like that. In truth, I might have been that guy in my 20s. Glad I grew up!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 05, 2019:

Not good at all. Fantastic and great!!

I really like this.

Believe it or not I was once a real cowboy. We would leave that hat on.

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