Yawcob Strauss and Other Poems/My Infundibuliform Hat
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|Yawcob Strauss and Other Poems is a 1910 book by Charles Follen Adams.|
MY INFUNDIBULIFORM HAT.
The scenes of my childhood, how oft I recall! The sports of my youth, with my kite, top, and
And that happy day when, with spirits elate, I took my first step towards manhood's estate, With a new coat and vest, bosom shirt and cra- vat, And debut with my infundibuliform hat.
How I stooped beneath awnings full seven feet
high, To the no small delight of my friends passing
And the sport that I made for the boys at the
store When I "chalked" at the height of my "tile"
on the door;
One foot and two inches—I think it was that— My guess on that infundibuliform hat.
Then my maiden attempt as a maiden's gallant When I proffered my elbow, with glances aslant; And the walk to her dwelling that evening so
fair, Not to speak of the tete-a-tete when we got
The forfeit I claimed, as together we sat, When she tried on my infundibuliform hat.
Well! boys will be boys, and we men, after all, Would gladly be freed from Time's pitiless thrall, And live those days over, when, single and free— Zounds! wife's looking over my shoulder to see What I have been writing. . . . Well, we've had
a spat, And she smashed my infundibuliform hat.
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