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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Outlandish (05/19/11)

TITLE: Hats Off!
By Carol Penhorwood
05/21/11


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Hats Off!

What is that perched upon the curls
That blocks the view of most,
Adorns the heads of royalty
Of which they often boast?

Enormous froufrous, feathers wide,
That almost block the entry,
Displays so colorful, so brash,
That's seen among the gentry.

A contest must have been announced
Thus light'ning the solemn hall,
Distracting those amidst the pomp
To captivate, enthrall.

The color palette thus embraced
Bright'ning the dim, dank church,
A rainbow of such vast array
On heads so proudly perched.

Netting, lace, fun festive flow'rs
Adorn the heads of most,
Arrayed upon each perfect coif...
Society's grand toast.

A choice buffet of taste and class
That ranks the high and mighty,
One wouldn't find the smallest curl
That was the least untidy.

But when the party's over,
Appendages go home,
Where do they store gigantic hats...
In some vast catacomb?

Hats off to British patriots
Who lavishly portray
A gift for such festivity
Each royal wedding day.


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Beth LaBuff 05/26/11
What fun! I know exactly what hats you're mentioning from the royal wedding! A favorite line was about storing the hats "in the catacomb?" :) This is great!
Margaret Kearley 05/27/11
I agree, even as a true Brit, I agree! Fantastic poem, written in memory of 29th April?
Danielle King 05/27/11
Yes, as another true Brit I agree. This was a fun read!
Bonnie Bowden 05/28/11
A very fun read. I too know of which hats you speak. I am not a Brit, but I do enjoy to watch all the pomp and circumstance.
Helen Curtis05/28/11
Hilarious! What amused me (re: Wills & Kate) was listening to the commentators lauding two such items of headdress (whereas I was thinking the girls' stylist should be sent far, far away!). Thanks for the laugh :-))
Noel Mitaxa 05/30/11
Thanks for the fun you have shared with us, but don't let it go to your head!!!
Michael Throne05/30/11
This was fun. I liked the image of the catacomb of fancy hats. I also enjoyed the ending Ė itís easy to condemn that which is different (and, sometimes, in our way). Itís much better to celebrate it. Well written!
Eliza Evans 06/02/11
Fabulous fun!! I am so glad this placed so many others can read it and smile. Great stuff! I'm going to read it again. :)
Verna Cole Mitchell 06/02/11
Oh, I like this, Carol! Great job and congratulations on placing in EC!
Lillian Rhoades 06/02/11
Carol, Your muse came through for you. Great poem on a contemporary subject. Original, fun and worthy of
praise. Congratulations!!
Beth LaBuff 06/02/11
Carol, how wonderful to see this fun outlandish :) poem recognized as an editor's choice entry! Super congrats!
Bonnie Bowden 06/02/11
Carol,

My hat is definitely off to you! Congratulations on making the top ten EC awards.

I am so happy it made it. It is fresh and contemporary.
Joni Andrews 06/20/11
This is wonderful and creative! Congratulations! I love the word choices and images.