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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

  • Gold Star - 12,544 Points Jeanette Telusma (9/21/2017 12:29:00 AM)

    A great piece filled with humor.... and oh the picture the words within painted. Lovely poem indeed, thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Quei Khalifa (9/20/2017 7:03:00 AM)

    I have this poem with an old lady in a picture frame (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 124 Points Lisa Filadelfia (9/12/2017 10:23:00 AM)

    I turn 57 tomorrow, and I have my purple clothes and red hat ready. Why did I wait so long? (Report) Reply

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Poems About Warning

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