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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

  • Freshman - 821 Points Jane Urhobocha (5/19/2016 6:31:00 AM)

    So funny and so true (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,677 Points Anne Yun (4/20/2016 2:38:00 AM)

    when i am old i shall be like her, definitely, so i ought to practice a little now! (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,820 Points Halin Roche (4/26/2016 10:53:00 AM)

    right! !

  • Gold Star - 45,271 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (3/19/2016 6:56:00 AM)

    Impact of old age and revisiting childhood and it's notions in it are wonderfully depicted in this unique poem. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (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

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