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Straw Hat

Story ID:6522
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:32767
Person:preserving Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Straw Hat

Straw Hat

Straw Hat

Straw Hat

Straw Hat

Weíve moved several times
Itís a pain in the neck to pack
The strange and funny things that you find
When you unpack

You start to throw these funny things
In the trash
But something stops you
Into a corner, these items you stash

Maybe you can find a use for it
Along with other odds and ends
Later after youíre moved
And settled in

I kept finding my old straw hat
That I wore when I was on the farm
Purchased the summer before I was married
Way before Scott was born.

This hat has to be
Sixty years old
Why I kept it
I donít know.

The sweatband was kinda crumbling
The brim was breaking loose
For that old hat
In California I had no use

I kept in the garage
High up on a shelf
I might use it one day
I kept telling myself.

When doing the Spring cleaning
Many times I have been tempted
To ď86Ē this straw sombrero
Seems somehow always was exempted.

This old Straw Hat relic
Was built to last
Reminded me of good days and bad days
Tied me to my past

It protected my head and face
While on that tractor seat
10 hours a day
In that Kansas Summer heat.

You donít desert an old friend
You donít turn your back and run
You cherish and treasure that friend
That protected you from that hot summer sun.

So until my final ďMoveĒ
This Straw Hat will remain with me
That hat will gather dust on a shelf
Iíll handle it carefully.
Monte L. Manka 11-13-10