‘What hat shall it be today?’
the woman asks herself as she eyes
up the stand, the helpful monitor beside her
flashing with images of the latest trends.
‘Shall it be one that paints me an object, a soulless statue
worth only my measurements? How about the even tempered
diplomat, with no passion of her own, no dreams of her own,
no meaning of her own? Maybe the career minded robot
would like to be displayed?’
She lists them all, but none of them match her today.
None of them ever matched her, she realises,
and begins to wonder why she has hats at all.
She doesn’t remember buying them.
Were they gifts? Or suggestions?
She assesses the weather outside: mild.
She decides. She won’t wear one,
to see how it feels to be herself.