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Warning - Poem by Jenny Joseph

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
And pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.


Comments about Warning by Jenny Joseph

  • Rookie - 0 Points Fergus Nicolson (8/31/2015 8:58:00 AM)

    Only now that I am 70 does this poem make sense. Makes me sad for days gone by. A wonderful poem. All my pals are like this now. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,092 Points Briony Nicholls (8/28/2015 9:39:00 AM)

    I like the sentiment & theme of this poem very much but just feel it isn't expressed especially well from the point of view of poetical craftsmanship. Many lines sounds quite clunky and jarring (eg And learn to spit) . There is very little that endears me to this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 262 Points Vhulenda Maudu (7/28/2015 4:07:00 AM)

    Very niceAdd a comment (Report) Reply

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Poems About Warning

  1. 1. Warning , Jenny Joseph
  2. 2. Warning , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  3. 3. Lochiel's Warning , Thomas Campbell
  4. 4. But Listen, I Am Warning You , Anna Akhmatova
  5. 5. The Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  6. 6. Warning , George William Russell
  7. 7. Sublime Was The Warning , Thomas Moore
  8. 8. Warning , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  9. 9. Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  10. 10. The Surgeon's Warning , Robert Southey
  11. 11. Autumn’s Warnings , Augusta Davies Webster
  12. 12. Warning , Shel Silverstein
  13. 13. The Warning , George Meredith
  14. 14. Warning And Reply , Emily Jane Brontë
  15. 15. Fore-Warning , Robert William Service
  16. 16. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  17. 17. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Ii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  18. 18. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Iii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  19. 19. More And More , Margaret Atwood
  20. 20. A Warning To My Readers , Wendell Berry
  21. 21. A Warning: To Aurelius , Gaius Valerius Catullus
  22. 22. The Warning , Robert Creeley
  23. 23. Warnings , John Henry Newman
  24. 24. Latter-Day Warnings , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  25. 25. Without Warning , Sappho
  26. 26. There comes a warning like a spy , Emily Dickinson
  27. 27. A Warning on Spontaneous Combustion , Stuart McLean
  28. 28. Mama's Promise , Marilyn Nelson
  29. 29. Without Warning , Sarah Lindsay
  30. 30. A Warning , Raymond A. Foss
  31. 31. Warnings He Gave Us , Raymond A. Foss
  32. 32. Faces In The Street , Henry Lawson
  33. 33. Inchcape Rock , Robert Southey
  34. 34. The Statue , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  35. 35. Remembering Tiananmen , hasmukh amathalal
  36. 36. World, Take Good Notice , Walt Whitman
  37. 37. Harvest Time , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  38. 38. Geraint And Enid , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  39. 39. Philadelphia , Rudyard Kipling
  40. 40. An Excursion Steamer Sunk In The Tay , William Topaz McGonagall
  41. 41. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  42. 42. A Translation Of The Nightingale Out Of .. , William Strode
  43. 43. A Ballad Of The Heather , Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
  44. 44. (151) Conscience , Melvina Germain
  45. 45. Mighty Eagle , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  46. 46. Is It Well? , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  47. 47. Ad Amicos , Oliver Wendell Holmes
  48. 48. The Believer's Danger, Safety, And Duty , John Newton
  49. 49. Since The Cities Are The Cities , Henry Lawson
  50. 50. The Wild Huntsman , Sir Walter Scott
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