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My Almost Orange Hat

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My Almost Orange Hat

I wandered in the hat store
And there it boldly sat – 
Bedecked with bright white flower – 
A cheerful orange hat.

Once on my head, it beckoned,
Quite jauntily, indeed,
Attracting more attention
Than a person’d really need.

My husband did encourage; 
The salesgirl said – it’s you!
But everything has negatives
And this one had a few – 

Like, who knows when I’d wear it
And there’s so much it won’t match;
I guess for every purchase
There’d most likely be a catch.

And so I turned and left,
My hat remaining in the store.
Since I was on vacation,
I can’t get there anymore.

Regret’s a foolish feeling,
More malignant than benign;
And what a fool I was to leave
That hat that should be mine!

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  1. Date: 4/20/2013 12:12:00 AM
    awww... I wonder if it is still there on the shelf or if someone else bought it. I probably would have rationalized not buying it the same way and regretted it later too, lol. good one Ilene!

  1. Date: 4/11/2013 4:30:00 PM
    Well if you're from NYC, you could have worn it with some black. No sense dwelling on it now, it's no good looking back. :)

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 9:37:00 PM
    Hi Ilene! Boy, I have missed your poetry too... always with a message, always with a bouncy cadence and deft rhyming. LOVE IT!!! Best wishes, Keith

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 7:57:00 PM
    Oh Ilene, your writing makes me feel good. There is something like childlike wonder in so much of your work, but also great sophistication as well. That's hard to do, thanks for lifting me up. ~Jeremy

  1. Date: 4/10/2013 8:37:00 AM
    This was a very entertaining piece! It's crazy how shopping can almost become a Secret Ops mission. Excellent job! :)

  1. Date: 4/9/2013 8:49:00 PM
    Ilene...oh hindsight huh? Well we have our memories.....