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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 Alison Mujati (5/13/2020 11:51:00 PM)

    Well written, it’ s always good to refer to classics (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 573 Points Sanjeev Nanda (4/3/2020 5:21:00 AM)

    Such a wonderful poem, brought the widest of smiles to my face! to be fair, I'm a 20-something, and do all these things right now haha. Keeping myself ahead of the curve you see.
    ~Sanjeev Nanda
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  • Gold Star - 361,826 Points Dr Tony Brahmin (4/2/2020 2:07:00 AM)

    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. very nice poem.
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  • Gold Star - 178,886 Points Mahtab Bangalee (2/29/2020 11:03:00 PM)

    the Old
    the great old
    there is hidden the youthful strength
    at old
    there is no surprising if wear the purple..../// great
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  • Gold Star - 143,512 Points Sylvia Frances Chan (2/29/2020 7:04:00 AM)

    2) I do HOPE that you will read this response of me, then you surely know that you are the most amazing amongst the poets here, especially with your daily phrases but derived from the Royals. In ancient days Royals used to have easy vocabulaire, but they used them with so much élan, that it looked really of a high standard vocabulary. Please, do not forget the sausages, thank yiou so much for sharing this TOP entertainment, LadyJen (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 143,512 Points Sylvia Frances Chan (2/29/2020 6:52:00 AM)

    1) satirically ironic, witty, full of humor and also hilarious,
    so much fantasy, so many puns,
    and moreover with such a spontaneous word pumps, all words flow atogether smoothly. A poet to my heart, with an enormous of talent for metaphors in her poetic baggage. Very funny, but also whimsical, I reckon. CONGRATULATIONS for the MODERN POTD. There's no voting ball here.
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  • Gold Star - 698,821 Points Edward Kofi Louis (2/29/2020 4:22:00 AM)

    Purple for old age! !
    A sign of peaceful living.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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    Rookie Margaret (3/2/2020 7:03:00 PM)

    A lovely poem.....about a woman finally deciding to rebel, and express herself a little, after a lifetime of conformity! !

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    Gold Star - 31,376 Points Denis Mair (2/29/2020 8:38:00 AM)

    Purple is not just a sign of peaceful living. For this special woman it is a sign of self-conferred royalty. She is the queen of her own world.

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  • Gold Star - 69,652 Points Shaun Cronick (2/29/2020 3:03:00 AM)

    This is a wonderful, magical poem that can raise a smile or two.
    So well written and with great and gentle, warmly welcoming imagery.
    Excellent in every way.
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  • Gold Star - 87,083 Points Savita Tyagi (2/25/2020 9:58:00 AM)

    I think this poem is coming true to me. Such a relaxing time to be old. Why do we have only two poem from this brilliant writer. Any way I am happy to read it again. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie jomoooma (1/7/2020 12:38:00 PM)

    Great poeeeem it was very interesting due to subversion is sterytypes (Report) Reply

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    Hasmukh Amathalal
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  39. 39. Early Warning
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  40. 40. The Warning
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  41. 41. A Warning
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  43. 43. Time's Warning
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  44. 44. Warning Bells
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