Hat Shaped Hat
Up Up Up Up Up Up 1999

In walked a man 
in the shape of a man 
holding a hat shaped hat
he held up two fingers and said, how many fingers?
and i said, peace man that's where it's at
i said, you are what you do in order to 
prevent becoming what you're busy not doing
and if you do do it truly
and you arrive at it newly
then in the end you are absolved
and the problem of heaven is solved
the man broke into a smile
like he was breaking into song
he was broken and smiling 
and i was singing along
and we completely agreed about most things
'til the sun set sweetly
like it does in those paintings
the ones they hang in the hotel rooms
the ones they bolt to the wall
as though anyone would want to steal them at all
we talked like children without breathing
'til i stopped this lady as she was leaving
and i said, excuse me 
but do you know what time it would be
if we were one mars?
and she held up her hand
like a crossing guard stopping the cars
and she said
five in the morning
in walked a man
in the shape of a man
holding a hat shaped hat
Ani DiFranco