In its defence

I was asked today to write about a hat!


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The good thing is that it travels well.

It has little style

only patterned stitch work

marks its drab coarse surface.

Khaki cover for a nascent bald patch,

a guard against the mid-day sun.

Refuge and launch pad

for a Kalahari praying mantis,

shade for massive  locusts in Panama,

then offering minimal protection

in a Venezuelan downpour,

                               — but it travels well

                                                 and has been so far

that it always makes the case.



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