Bear Remembers: Coon Skin Hats

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When I was little,
My mother had a friend
Who never wore shoes
In Florida,
Between Arcadia
And Punta Gorda,
Where we lived.
His feet
Were so tough
That snakes
Couldn’t bite him.
Sand-spurs
And smilax
And cacti
Were not worth
Bothering about.
I think his
Welcome mat
Was woven
Barbed wire.
Mother knew
Where his
Still was hidden.
Tom Hobson
Made coon skin hats
For my brothers
And me.
I wore mine
Most of the time,
But my little brother,
Billy, wore his
ALL of the time.
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Bear … 12.27.2015
ⓒBearspawprint2015
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Barbed Wire  ⓒBearspawprint2015

Barbed Wire ⓒBearspawprint2015


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