Oct 3, 2021

i wear the foolish hat

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i folded the sheet of newspaper into a hat

the way my mother did when I was a child 

if i made two more folds 

it would have become a boat

but i stop at the hat and i place it on my head

once upon a time i did this to please my mother

so she would know that i learned from her

years later i wore the hat to make my children laugh

now my mother is gone and so are the children

in the silence of the house i wear the foolish hat

a hat made of folded newspaper.

no one sees 

no one laughs 

from outside 

i hear the sound of a blue jay.

it is a lonely sound

-jobe




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