Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Headband
A poetic experiment, with apologies to Wallace Stevens
The cotton, nylon and spandex are blended
to provide superior softness, stretchy comfort
and to keep sweat out of your eyes,
so all you have to worry about is your game.
For eight dollars
you can own
your own NBA Logoman Headband®
that cost ten cents to produce.
Taut atop the 7’ frame
of the Big Dipper
the headband heightened
the threatened menace
Slick Watts first
used duct tape
as a headband.
Big Ben was benched and fined
for wearing his headband
in defiance of his coach’s prohibition.
the center circle,
and the headband are one
A laurel wreath,
and a headband are also one.
Caught in the hand of a young fan
a headband is a treasured relic,
preciously captured and made holy.
the headband prevents
awareness of our own effort
from blinding us.
sweat of your brow
the headband buys you time in Eden
Slipping ever higher, we conceal
the signs of time’s receding
with a headband.
On King James’ dunk,
the headband left him of its own accord,
knowing it was a redundant crown,
and that time could flow again.