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Glenis Redmond


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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.”
            HATS
                                    HATS

HATS
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.
                        HATS

HATS
                                    HATS

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 www.glenisredmond.com.

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Post New Comment:
Larry Schug:
Hats Off to you for a great poem. I gotta get that Stetson dry cleaned!
Posted 09/16/2014 11:07 AM
Gilbert Allen:
Vivid and lively--well done, Glenis!
Posted 09/16/2014 10:04 AM
paradea:
Just great!! Love it.
Posted 09/16/2014 08:56 AM
mimi:
i have an orange fedora i don't wear near enough--but i'm inspired now!
Posted 09/16/2014 08:08 AM
Buckner14:
You capture the spirit of hat-wearing women--yea! I love the ending.
Posted 09/16/2014 08:03 AM
dmahoney:
OK, time to find one of my hats and wear it! (Any chance Glenis might read this on YouTube?)
Posted 09/16/2014 07:57 AM
phebe.davidson@gmail.com:
Glenis Redmond, (I stoop to cliche) rocks! Over and over, again and again, she hits those offbeats brings us all home!
Posted 09/16/2014 06:14 AM


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