In My What the Hell Hat
by Jennifer Lagier

I found it while browsing
in a funky Cambria boutique
while on a goddess getaway
for a week with two poet friends.

Tried it on, slanted wickedly
over one eye, loved the bad girl
looking back at me
from the fitting room mirror,
a perfect accessory for
my inner wild child, Camille.

I wore it that night as I sipped
multiple Rosarita Margaritas,
flirted outrageously with sexy guys,
on the outdoor patio at
Moonstone Beach Bar & Grill.

Blamed my naughty behavior
on the new What the Hell hat.
Felt my inner slut bloom.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I have never really been a hat person, but when I discovered this racy little number while in Cambria with my two best friends, I had to have it. It possesses magical powers — erases my normal shyness and allows me to cut loose and have wild, pagan fun!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Lagier has published 12 books and in literary magazines, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, and helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium Second Sunday readings. Her newest books are Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press) and Harbingers (Blue Light Press), and her forthcoming chapbook is Camille Abroad (FutureCycle). Visit her at

Author photo by Laura Bayless.