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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 Ron Rhodes (4/18/2018 7:15:00 PM)

    Met a group of 'Red Hatters ' they were on an outing to Sheringham on the Norfolk coast; it was a wonderful sunny day further enhanced by the joy of speaking to the followers of Jenny Joseph. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 80 Points Peter Edigah Obiaje (4/17/2018 10:24:00 PM)

    awesome work of art. there are somethings that are inevitable in life (growing old) . (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,203 Points alan brown (4/13/2018 5:10:00 PM)

    We all grow old eventually Jenny, and as you state in your poem we do do the strangest of things. enjoyed your poem thank you Alan (Report) Reply

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Poems About Warning

  1. 1. Warning , Jenny Joseph
  2. 2. A Warning To My Readers , Wendell Berry
  3. 3. Without Warning , Sappho
  4. 4. Warning , Shel Silverstein
  5. 5. Slaughter Of The Innocent (Warning War.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  6. 6. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  7. 7. A Warning: To Aurelius , Gaius Valerius Catullus
  8. 8. A Warning To Dissidents , Leo Yankevich
  9. 9. But Listen, I Am Warning You , Anna Akhmatova
  10. 10. The Warning , Robert Creeley
  11. 11. Warning , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  12. 12. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  13. 13. My Soul Sacrifice (For A Child) ***wa.. , Lee Degnan
  14. 14. Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  15. 15. The Time Of Shoddy (Warning Warning Wa.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  16. 16. Lochiel's Warning , Thomas Campbell
  17. 17. Warning , Langston Hughes
  18. 18. Sublime Was The Warning , Thomas Moore
  19. 19. Fore-Warning , Robert William Service
  20. 20. The Surgeon's Warning , Robert Southey
  21. 21. A Warning About Bebabs , Bruce Larkin
  22. 22. Warning And Reply , Emily Jane Brontë
  23. 23. 'Warning My Poem Are' 2/21/09 , Verlecia fields
  24. 24. A Fair Warning , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  25. 25. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Ii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  26. 26. It's In The Water! (Warning Warni.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  27. 27. Reply To The Indian Warning , Edgardo Tugade
  28. 28. Depression: Some Advice..... [a Reminde.. , Bri Edwards
  29. 29. Futile Warning , malini kadir
  30. 30. A Warning To Ladies , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  31. 31. Warning , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  32. 32. Warning To The Mighty , Adelaide Crapsey
  33. 33. The Warning. , Adelaide Crapsey
  34. 34. A Warning , Ambrose Bierce
  35. 35. Warning , George William Russell
  36. 36. Warning! , Geetha Jayakumar
  37. 37. A Monster's Warning , Bruce Larkin
  38. 38. Warning , Frederick William (FW) Harvey
  39. 39. Haiku.......Space Travel Warning! , Ken e Hall
  40. 40. Super Bugs ........ [department Of Heal.. , Bri Edwards
  41. 41. 'Warning' , HELEN.J WILLIAMS
  42. 42. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Iii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  43. 43. Early Warning , Hasmukh Amathalal
  44. 44. The Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  45. 45. A Warning , Not Long Left
  46. 46. Global Warning , Tom Billsborough
  47. 47. Time's Warning , Floyd Zimmerman
  48. 48. Warning Bells , Lucille van OnselenZunckel
  49. 49. Priorities- A Word Of Warning For Charit.. , Not Long Left
  50. 50. Warning , Theodora (Theo) Onken
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