poem by William Jay Smith

Round or square

Or tall or flat

People love

To wear a hat.

Taken from Laughing Time: Collected Nonsense (1980) by William Jay Smith. Find the book on Amazon here.

Photo by Silver Birch (Los Angeles)

Note on Photo: While running an errand, I spotted a grandmother and granddaughter in identical hats. I pulled over in my car and managed to fire off a fast shot. It struck me that if girls are lucky, they will have a kind grandmother to lead the way for them — and even lend them their too-large hats that they can grow into.