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Glenis Redmond


Sistahs have always been able to style in hats.

You know they got it going on.
Those women can wear hats from dust ‘til dawn.

You’ve got to be bold and have snap to sport a hat.
You’ve got to have it and know where it is at.

You’ve got to stop and cock it to the side.
Check them out and continue with your stride.

Profile it. Style it.
Then let them wow it.

Tilt it, lean it, or wear it straight in place.
A well worn hat is a symbol of grace.

You have heard people say it. I have too.
“Oh, she can wear a hat.
She sho’ ’nough knows what to do.”

Oh, a hat can get those oohs and aahs.
If it is totally bad, it gets applause.

Some hats are so bad, they are just bad to the bone.
People stop and say, “that girl has got it going on.”

Or say “You just go girl, you just go on, girl,
‘cause with that hat you’re the finest thang in the world.”

Big ones, tall ones, small ones, fruity ones,
pointy ones, veiled ones, flowered ones
sporty ones,
polka-dot ones,
plain ones,
and kufis too!

Lean it,
            cock it,
style it,
            profile it,
                                    tilt it,
                                                 tip it,
                        check it,
            sport it.


Do you dare to wear?
How do you fare?
Do you want to be bad to the bone?
Then, get you a hat and get it going on!

Copyright  2000 by Glenis Redmond.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Glenis Redmond lives in Asheville, North Carolina. A poet, educator, performer, and counselor, Glenis tells stories with poetry from her life, her family, her African-American heritage, and her observations of the world around her. The author of three chapbooks, one full-length book of poetry, a DVD, and two CDs, Glenis is also a two-time winner of the Southeast Regional Individual Poetry Slam championship and a two-time top ten finalist in the National Individual Slam competition. She is a popular presenter in schools and juvenile detention centers and her poem, “If I Ain’t African,” is often used as a writing prompt in classrooms. Read more about Glenis at

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Claude M. Odom, Jr.:
I read it to my wife. She got a copy for her "sistah". I sent a copy to my daughter and my brother. Reading this is almost like seeing the statue of the Tuskegee Airman at the Air force Academy at Colorado Springs.
Posted 08/23/2012 01:42 PM

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