Treasure Island

Alison Cassidy

(6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

And the Room was Filled with Hats


Old hats new hats,
short hats, tall hats,
red hats blue hats,
big hats, small hats.

Hats on sticks,
hats on chairs,
hats and music everywhere.

And the little ones dusted
the hats on the chairs,
the hats on the blankets,
the hats on the stairs.

And the parents looked silly
in the nicest sort of way
as they rolled on the floor
while the Klezmer music played.

And I danced and I smiled
and I wore a bright mask
of Chaplinesque lunacy
and Tommy Cooper class.

Cos my heart was a thumping
and my stomach was a knot.
My mind was a racing
and it kinda hurt a lot.

But the world keeps turning
and the dancers keep dancing
and the poems keep churning
and the music keeps prancing.

And I sorta kinda know
that we'll both be OK.
That we’ll live and love and lust a lot
and kiss our cares away.

Submitted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Edited: Saturday, May 31, 2008

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  • Christine Austin Cole (5/23/2008 9:49:00 PM)

    I agree with Coach... this is delightfully reminicent of Seuss - not just for it's bouncy rhymes and carefree flow, but too for the uplifting message embedded within. I'm a big fan of Mr. Geisel and hold that it requires a good deal of intelligence and talent to do what he did as well as he did. That you've been able to pen this, of like caliber, is to be applauded.

    This is a treat! Hurray for you!
    Christine (Report) Reply

  • Onelia Avelar (5/16/2008 3:52:00 AM)

    I enjoy your joyful poems very much. It is my first time i read you - quite interesting jorney. I carry on (Report) Reply

  • David Desantis (5/15/2008 10:12:00 AM)

    hahah this is awesome...it just goes and goes, i feel like im dancing as i read it, but like a steady upbeat dance...sweet poem alison, i'm always inspired after i read your stuff.

    -david (Report) Reply

  • Ivor Hogg (5/3/2008 5:27:00 AM)

    I enjoyed this mad hatter romp immensely Allison Aquestion for you
    I beleive there is a Horrid hat shop located in very big city which specialises in creating peculiar hats for old ladies.Have you ever noticed no two old ladies wear the same hat. Fantastic colours and textures which are never seen on sale in normal shops. Do you know its whereeabouts.? (Report) Reply

  • Dr.subhendu Kar (3/26/2008 10:55:00 PM)

    the hue of hats when floating by the vale of rune, as it flows by the ingenuity, i do admire, well penned, thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Ashley S (3/25/2008 7:21:00 PM)

    This is quite melodic in it's brilliant tone. I happen to be hat envious, I look horrid in a hat. This is a lovely piece here Allison. Enjoyed it! Ashley xo (Report) Reply

  • Coach Roth (3/22/2008 1:57:00 AM)

    Joyously reminiscent of Dr. Seuss...with an adult twist...dance on and wear your hat proudly...Coach (Report) Reply

  • Nimal Dunuhinga (3/20/2008 6:22:00 PM)

    Oh! What a marvelous poem Alison? These hats are fit to everybody's head.One of your very best. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra Fowler (3/20/2008 8:59:00 AM)

    The hats have it, I believe. Your joy in life is contagious. The last stanza is the best stanza. Dance on, Alison.

    Love,

    Sandra (Report) Reply

  • Original Unknown Girl (3/19/2008 11:36:00 AM)

    Fabulous poem Allie - love the imagery of all the hats. I see a sort of Sally Bowles character in view and you doing a dance.... love the introspective part at the end. Just divine! HG: -) xx (Report) Reply

  • Sandra J. (3/17/2008 1:23:00 AM)

    I love this, it's so simple yet meaningful, spectacular work you've done here! (Report) Reply

  • Roger Cornish (3/17/2008 12:47:00 AM)

    This grabbed me, whirled me around and had me laughing at 05: 30 on a Monday Morning!
    Compliment enough?
    Fantastic Alli.. opens your wonderful style, in a girly breathless fashion!
    Rx. (Report) Reply

  • Mary Naylor (3/13/2008 7:29:00 PM)

    I love your poem, but I enjoyed it ever more when I listened to some Klezmer music and
    laughed at some of the jokes of Tommy Cooper. (Report) Reply

  • Duncan Wyllie (3/13/2008 2:45:00 PM)

    Well! ! this one almost seemed to dance away off the page, the rythmn was so racy

    Excellent Alison

    Thankyou

    Love duncan X (Report) Reply

  • David Harris (3/13/2008 9:41:00 AM)

    Allie, I read the title of this super sparkling poem and immediately thought of my collection of hats which number quite a few. Multiples for all the costumes I wear. This is a super bouncy peom by you and a wonderful read. Top Marks and thanks for sharing it my friend.
    David (Report) Reply

  • delilah contrapunctal (3/12/2008 11:23:00 PM)

    Dear Allie....

    This fine rhyme is bouncing...super...
    you've the strong heart of a trouper....

    May the soon-to-be caresses
    fill your lives with all that blesses.......

    Love, D. xxxxxxxxxx (Report) Reply

  • Ernestine Northover (3/12/2008 4:31:00 PM)

    A lovely bit of 'lunacy'. Love this one lots, bit of Edward Lear here I'm thinking. Ha!
    Hats all folks! ! ! ! ! ! ! First verse reminds me a little of a verse in the poem 'The Pied Piper of Hamlin' about the rats. Big rats, small rats, grey rats, tawny rats, etc., Great stuff Allie.
    Love and hugs Ernestine XXX (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (3/12/2008 2:24:00 PM)

    Thank God...for you Allie...I've been trying to locate ''WHOVILLE'' on maps for decades...Always thought it be tomeard norternpoles....never thought i'd find it in nether-lands, down 'n under! You are indeed the tell-tele Poetess...and.... a 'ell uv 'o ''diverse-a-versrsifier''', (FjR parlance) ! Excellent....musical, whimsical, rhymsical, euphonic, , harmonic, runic, titillating, & DAMN GOOD!

    ~ FjR ~
    ..2008.. (Report) Reply

  • Chuck Audette (3/12/2008 12:35:00 PM)

    Loved the title, and the rhyme-scheme (Dr. Suess would approve, too, especially of the hats in blue) . Nice bit of fun. -chuck (Report) Reply

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