• Vol. 03
  • Chapter 08
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hats for me are deliberate…

hats for me are deliberate
must be chosen to suit the occasion
weather - be place on the head

not put - a straw hat with a green band
has pretensions or is not yours
when worn with dark clothes

buttoned up to the neck suggests
a woman who is conflicted
has changed horses for another discourse

and the choice should not be questioned -
the burnt nose is not alcohol
it is due to not taking advice

new to a hot climate its downside
unobserved until now - so the hat
is borrowed - its pretence

wants to be on a head that punts
or watches cricket in a relaxed way
quietly avid yet revealing nothing

though your eyes ask a question
make a point and want to know
if we knew each other before this moment