Inside Dad's Fedora

by Robert Hirschfield

He'd get lost inside his fedora. I'd crawl inside it looking for him. Father's used to live in cramped spaces like apples behind glass squares in the Automat. We thought they worked too hard. I'd go looking for dad inside the same fedora even after he retired. I'd hear his ghosted ears listening to the close harmony of The Mamas and The Papas on the Mike Douglas Show.


Robert Hirschfield's work appears in Salamander, Parabola, Ink Sweat and Tears, Noon, European Judaism, Tricycle and other publications.