In Loving Memory of Gary Ellingsworth, 1923-2010

Gary’s Hat

His hat had seen some living

And it was his for that

Its straw had taken hits and storms

And it was Gary’s hat.

~

Its own peculiar story

belonged to it alone

Its beaten frame most eloquent

of the long life it had known

~

And in that hat so humble

There lived a mind as rare

The vast and storied landscape of

A country warm and fair

~

It wasn’t much to look at

Plain worn out at the end

It was all in how he wore his hat

Our dear old missing friend

~

Misshapen, lumpen, beat-up thing

And beautiful for that

Only one man could have owned it

And it was Gary’s hat.

Gary Ellingsworth

I miss you, dear friend. x


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