sonnet in my bonnet

yes, i remember fondly my first hat
white straw with strap on chin and blue ribbon
with lacy gloves on church bench there i sat
clean folded hankie was Easter sermon.

my father had lieutenant’s naval cap
we played with it as kids in neighborhood
whoever wore the hat commanded map
and others followed orders as they should.

now that i’m older, friends go out in style
we dress in purple bling, red hats feathered
when we appear, we usually bring a smile
we laugh and learn to love life well-weathered.

reveal under my hat, mind’s mystery
read thoughts at blog: mad hatter poetry!

24 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. msjadeli
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 17:20:26

    I remember those days of hats with chin straps, gloves, and dress ups at holidays. Thanks for bringing those memories back to me. I love your pic, with your Red Hat Ladies Society outfit. There is something empowering about going on outings dressed up like that.


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 11:43:00

    I missed the prompt… and I do love my hat which is a tweed flat cap… here in Sweden we have a saying about old men in flat caps, and that fits me well.


  3. sanaarizvi
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 10:13:03

    You have my heart with this poem, Lynn 😀 I love that picture of you ❤️❤️


  4. Ingrid
    Mar 20, 2022 @ 01:55:37

    This was fun, delightful, and made me smile!


  5. katiemiafrederick
    Mar 18, 2022 @ 10:13:22

    SMiLes Dear Lynn It Doesn’t Really Matter
    If You Are in the Middle This Go Around Hehe

    What’s Best About Aging as i Reach Early Social
    Security Age of 62 Ever Since 6.6.60 Such A Lucky

    Trio of Numbers
    to Be Born With For
    A Driver’s License Topic
    of Conversation Where i Live And Love

    Is This As We Grow Older We Have
    A Potential of Coming to Understand

    Differences of People Around Us in
    What is Commonly Understood As
    Cognitive Empathy Yes Walking in the

    Shoes of Others Only Leaving A God of
    LoVE iN Footprints Bare of Clothes For

    Differences Where Love Is Essence Of

    All We Breathe Inhaling Peace Yes Exhaling
    LoVE iN JoY oF LiGHT Gift For All A Biggest Hat We May

    Wear Together

    Circle of


    God of Love
    Peace Hat For All mY FRiEnD..:)


  6. merrildsmith
    Mar 18, 2022 @ 09:41:02

    Mad hatter! 😀 I enjoyed your hat memories and great photo!


  7. rothpoetry
    Mar 17, 2022 @ 20:49:46

    I really enjoyed your poem Lynn! The photo is fabulous. So you are one the red/purple hat ladies!


  8. SelmaMartin
    Mar 17, 2022 @ 19:49:43

    From the title, I was intrigued.
    And what a lovely picture with you sitting there, hanky and all, hands folded. Loved that first stanza.
    The rest too. But that first one was precious.
    And you in photo at the bottom. Delicious. Thanks. Lovely sonnet in your bonnet 👏


  9. Dee Min
    Mar 17, 2022 @ 19:46:45

    You rocking that bold-red stylish hat!!!!


  10. Oloriel
    Mar 17, 2022 @ 18:09:42

    I believe every one of us has a hat story, thank you for sharing yours, I really enjoyed reading it and vicariously walking through your memories in this part :”my father had lieutenant’s naval cap
    we played with it as kids in neighborhood
    whoever wore the hat commanded map
    and others followed orders as they should.”


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