Jenny Joseph The Haiku Poet With Her Warning Poem by john tiong chunghoo

john tiong chunghoo

Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia

Jenny Joseph The Haiku Poet With Her Warning



warning

putting the nerves into
the unnerving
golden years (john's lines)

warning -
do you want to be:

striking the remaining years
with a stick
along the public railing?

pressing the alarm bells
too late
in life?

an old woman
in purple with a red hat
which doesn't go?

spending pension
on brandy
and summer gloves?

and buttering a lie
you have not even money
for butter?

spending the retiring years
on pavement gobbling up
samples in shops?

perhaps memories of
youth will rain to comfort
the heart

like:

wearing slippers in
the rain to pick flowers
in neighbors' gardens

learning to spit
and wear terrible shirts
growing more fat

eating three pounds
of sausages
at a go

surviving on
only bread and pickle
for a week

hoarding pens and pencils
and beermats and things
in boxes

reality sets in now
to set a good example
for the children

to not swear in the street
clothes, rent, friends,
dinners and papers are prerequisites

a tall order - it's time
to practise
for the golden years

so people won't be
too shocked seeing an old woman
wearing purple

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john tiong chunghoo

Sibu, Sarawak, Borneo East Malaysia
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