Thursday, January 6, 2011
Hats are sky pieces
Today is Carl Sandburg's birthday. To celebrate, I am sharing a book I made years ago with photos of my young son illustrating the wonderful closing lines of Sky Pieces.
The book Sky Pieces on flickr.
The complete poem by Carl Sandburg:
Proudly the fedoras march on the heads of the some-
what careless men.
Proudly the slouches march on the heads of the still
more careless men.
Proudly the panamas perch on the noggins of dapper
Comically somber the derbies gloom on the earnest solemn noodles.
And the sombrero, most proud, most careless, most dapper and debonair of all, somberly the sombrero marches on the heads of important men who know
what they want.
Hats are sky-pieces; hats have a destiny; wish your hat
slowly; your hat is you.
A more recent adaptation made for my friend Trudy who makes hats: