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The inspiration for this poem was my father. Written years ago after he had passed away. 
Wrinkled, worn, and weather-beaten
one old hat sits a loft a dusty shelf.
A witness to individual history,
a vision of days gone by
of both good and bad times,
a garment of many memories.

Like a King's crown,
the hat once sat cocked to the right
over a stern, but wise brow.
Well used and sweat stained,
but worn with dignity and pride
by one unyielding individualist.
A common man by all accounts
of uncommon quality and character.
A man who never lost focus
on the true widgets of life
even when it was at a cost.

A man who once owned:
a pocket full of dreams,
a desire for pure freedom,
a true lust for life,
and one old hat.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2013

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Date: 8/15/2016 11:38:00 PM
I love this poem...just wonderful!
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Date: 10/10/2013 7:10:00 PM
This is full of feeling and emotion. An ode to a hat and the wonderful man who wore it. Nice job
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Date: 9/1/2013 2:34:00 AM
Story about man's valour told through a mere hat! Awesome! JM
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Kim Morrison
Date: 9/1/2013 12:00:00 PM
Thank You! This one was about my father.
Date: 5/27/2013 4:14:00 PM
We buried my husband with his hat. This struck a tender spot in my memories. Love, Joyce
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Kim Morrison
Date: 5/27/2013 4:42:00 PM
We did the same thing when my father died. My dad and the beat up old hat he always wore was the inspiration for this poem. Every time my mother would attempt to throw it out. My father would say, "I am not one to give up on a garment just because it's got a little age on it." Thank You Kim
Date: 5/6/2013 5:36:00 PM
What a great one! Thanks for sharing your work. This one is touching. Always, Laura
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