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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 Dianne Roach (11/8/2018 12:32:00 PM)

    I have always absolutely adored this poem (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Richard Roberts (11/3/2018 12:27:00 PM)

    My wife’s favorite poem. She died at age 91; didn’t wear purple except metaphorically. She was a purple person! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Edna Giles (10/5/2018 12:41:00 PM)

    Ive been doing this for years! Well wearing unsuitable clothas and spitting anyway. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Warning

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