Monday, April 12, 2010

Monday Mimisms ~ The Hat Said

Inspired by the hat
the most magic of all
I took it out slowly as if at a Ball
And there I stood gazing in my gardening clothes
And wondered what secrets the old hat would hold

My hands tell a story
They’ve lived and they’ve loved
My eyes even privy to
Angels above

I think what it is I will say to my love
Can ne’er be found in a hand or a glove
But something far deeper than silk and old lace
Ruffles and pinkness and lines on my face

It tells of a life I live backwards you see
Not to find her or flaunt her
But just to be

She bids me walk miles through the fields
of my

Hair flying softly
On light fields of cotton

And brine

That too
Mixed with sweetness and jade
Oh how solid they flow
Through the life that I made

And true
Should I lay it all out
to be found?
Or should I keep parts of me
Safe and
In the me
that I love

when I look at the hat

Whoever heard of a girl like that?

Did she lie down in a field of tall grass
And ravish her lover this way and that
Did she hide her true self when the moon called her home
While someone she left
Became silent and stone
How gently she lay on the roughness of him
to sleep in a clover of stars
Don’t say she lacks wisdom

She no longer cares

And that is the rudeness of life in her bosom
To think that she loved and set free
Of her choosing

It stings at the heart that lies beating
The lace and the reds and the pearls so pristine
On her wall of clocks
and laughing at time
she wonders when
roughness again
will be

So she threw back the lace and saw ever so clear
Every line
every mark
every crease
every fear

she touched them
and watered them all
with her tears

together they made a most honorable tale
of places she'd been
and those she'd loved well

the heart knows no difference
no difference
you see
between ashes of prudence
and ashes of me

and e'vn as she traveled the course of her face
in a hat full of wonder
in a room small with grace
she wondered
whose hands would find joy
in the curves
and the lines
of a woman
who smiles like a girl

Will he look at my hats
and my ruffles and such
as a silly 'ole nuisance
or will he love


like the man in my head

who is looking to find
a woman like me
with the creases

He likes what he sees
you may say that is vain
But not for a woman of ruffles and rain

speak of fire!
speak of fever
surrender to lace
and don't ever forget
to lay claim to my face
for my hair it will cover
the sighs and the heat
but hold me not long
I belong at your feet

So I looked at him boldly
and told him a lie
of shyness and innocence
hid behind eyes
that poured strongly into his
withering glance
The wall crumbled down
as I braced
for the dance

"If you take me now willingly
I will not fall
into piles of sweet ruffles
Not once

not at all"

And he did convince her
to take off her hat
and lie down
in the garden
of this
and of that

The hat said
the hat said
the hat said
"Don't wait!"
If you stand there and tease him
it might be too late."

lace that fell once
and lace that fell twice
lace that fell hard
on the floor of her life

So I opened my eyes
and brushed back my hair
as I listened to him

and tried not to stare

"Put down that box!"
he said with a grin,

I'm waiting, my love...
I want to come in."

I said not a word
I said not a word
do you know how far lace has to fall
to be
And slowly he peeled all the layers away
and found all the secrets
she'd wanted to stay
under branches of crinoline
scratches of pain
the girl
the girl
the girl

in the rain

and that Mimi she wasn't she wasn't afraid
to trust
so she offered her all in the stead
of lovers who knew not her fire
nor her heart

and he

in the closet of hats
where nothing was heard

Photography credit: Mimi Lenox
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Cogitator said...


Tom Eagerly said...

Hello Mimi. I think I can expand upon Cogitator's comment:
This is full of beautiful imagery and scorching hot metaphor and wistful dreams and deep longing and laughing eyes and crisp alliteration and I bet you thought I was a moron?

Akelamalu said...

I love hats. Unfortunately on me they look like a pea on a drum! LOL

Charles Gramlich said...

What a lovely poem. I really enjoyed that. This deserves publication.

Finding Pam said...

Beautiful poetry with lovely visions of you and your hat.

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Delightfully said, with some sper pictures and poetry.

bazza said...

I'm stunned! Tom actually said something meaningful. The man is full of surprises!
I have to say that in multiple ways this is one of the most enjoyable posts I have read. Ever.
The photography is highly creative and alluring and I actually googled some of the words to see where they came from. Oh foolish boy that I am!
Mimi, don't forget to collect your special award from my site!

Mimi Lenox said...

Cogitator - I'll take that as a yes. Smile.

Mimi Lenox said...

Tom - I thought nothing of the sort. What lovely things to say. Thank you.

Mimi Lenox said...

Akelamalu - I've seen you in a hat in one of your pics. I think you look great! (but your comparison was quite humorous m'dear)

Mimi Lenox said...

Charles - That means a lot coming from you. Thank you very much.

Mimi Lenox said...

Pam - Many thanks. I enjoyed writing this.

Mimi Lenox said...

Jean-Luc - Thank you, dear friend.

Mimi Lenox said...

Bazza - Awww...what encouragement from you. I appreciate that. I don't think anyone has ever googled my words before. That made me laugh.

I will be right over!

P.S. That Tom is a mess.

Dawn (Twisted Sister) said...

I am in awe. That was brilliant... just brilliant. WOW! You wowed me :)

Mimi Lenox said...

Dawn The Poetess - That is high praise coming from a wordsmith such as yourself. Thank you.

Americanising Desi said...

i lurve hats :D and this is terrific !

Short Poems said...

Hi Mimi, you have such a brilliant place here i really like your poetry :)

Marinela x x

Jamie said...

That hat had quite an adventure, but don't trade in your crown. You may need it in case the hat located Prince Charming.

Julia Smith said...

'do you know how far lace has to fall
to be

My favorite line from a lovely poem!

mielikki said...

Very good, my queen, I cannot pick a favorite part I liked it all
(now where is that dog?) :)

TechnoBabe said...

This is amazing. Each photo awakens the spirit more and more and the words pull the reader in, the story is full of energy and excitement. This is really wonderful.

Travis said...

This is really strong.

Christine said...

I too can only say Wow. Because what can possibly come on the heels of such beautiful poetry? No, Wow will have to suffice.

Mimi Lenox said...

Americanising - I love this hat!!

Mimi Lenox said...

Short Poems - Why, thank you. I will check you and your poems out.

Mimi Lenox said...

Slim? - Okay...

Mimi Lenox said...

Jamie - The crown was under the hat, silly.

Mimi Lenox said...

Julia - Thank you. Sometimes the lace has to keep falling....and falling....watching it is what makes life so vibrant. Even the bad is amazing.

Mimi Lenox said...

Mielikki - That dog is around here somewhere. He may still be under the bed actually.

Mimi Lenox said...

TechnoBabe - I appreciate that review. Wow. Thank you. Just what I wanted to evoke.

Mimi Lenox said...

Travis - Thank you so much, my friend.

Mimi Lenox said...

Christine - You are kind. I thank you. I loved writing this.

Bond said...

I never got to the bloggosphere Monday or Tuesday

Thank you for asking me to come back another day here at the castle

Travis and Charles are correct...submit my brilliant writer friend

jennifer said...

My gosh Mimi. BEAUTIFUL writing!! Submit! Submit! Give someone the privelege of publishing your work.

Amazing Gracie said...

I had to go back and read this again. The imagery is simple yet so deep in it's meaning. You're one of those people who write so beautifully of feelings that you take the reader with you. Thanks for this...

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