the hat is the only garment

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the hat is the only garment
we remove as a sign of respect
doff your chapeau in Denny’s
and people think, How polite!
doff your trousers at the IHOP
and you are going to bare-legged jail

the hat is the only garment
we can hold and have strangers give us money
passing the hat is as american
as eating waffles in your britches—
pull off your sock and hold it out
and you’ll be lucky to fetch a single farthing

the hat is the only garment
that can hold a fantabulous, dangerous secret
people whisper the dishiest dirt
and say keep this under your hat
but you tell some lady you have something juicy
and she has to keep it under her knickers…

seriously, fool, get yourself a hat

—Don Whittington

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