A gentleman doffed his hat
when passing someone in the street;
inferring a respectful greeting
to all whom he chanced to meet.
A gentleman walked by the curb
when escorting his wife or mother;
placing a wall of protection
should they be hit by a car or another.
A gentleman offered his arm
to a woman when crossing the road;
incase she may fall or stumble,
an unspoken gentleman's code.
A gentleman wore his felt hat
for without it he didn't feel dressed;
but inside he would take it right off
when in church to be thoroughly blessed.....
A dVerse poets prompt to write a poem that has a connection to 'hats'.
I remember my father having the standards I've described in my poem. This was in the 1950's and 1960's. Today my husband still walks on the outside of a path which is closest to the road and takes my hand to cross if the traffic is busy. Some today would say that is sexist but I think it is lovely!
Here is the link: Hats Off to You!