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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

  • Veteran Poet - 1,260 Points Ingeborg Von Finsterwalde (3/12/2017 1:31:00 PM)

    At this age we have the right to act a little crazy. I think I may try this routine myself. Thank you for the suggestion. Great poem and fun to read.

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  • Gold Star - 74,549 Points Tom Billsborough (2/16/2017 4:05:00 AM)

    It's a very funny and fine piece of prose and would form a basis for a good story. Not poetry though. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 12,050 Points Tom Allport (12/30/2016 4:55:00 PM)

    nice poem of what it might or might not be like in a future of wearing purple clothes. (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 Dissidents , Leo Yankevich
  8. 8. A Warning: To Aurelius , Gaius Valerius Catullus
  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. Sublime Was The Warning , Thomas Moore
  17. 17. Fore-Warning , Robert William Service
  18. 18. Lochiel's Warning , Thomas Campbell
  19. 19. The Surgeon's Warning , Robert Southey
  20. 20. Warning And Reply , Emily Jane Brontë
  21. 21. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Ii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  22. 22. A Warning About Bebabs , Bruce Larkin
  23. 23. Warning , Langston Hughes
  24. 24. 'Warning My Poem Are' 2/21/09 , Verlecia fields
  25. 25. Warning , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  26. 26. A Fair Warning , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  27. 27. Warning , Frederick William (FW) Harvey
  28. 28. It's In The Water! (Warning Warni.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  29. 29. Reply To The Indian Warning , Edgardo Tugade
  30. 30. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Iii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  31. 31. Depression: Some Advice..... [a Reminde.. , Bri Edwards
  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. A Tornado Warning Has Been Issued...(Too.. , Michael Fischer
  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. The Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  44. 44. Early Warning , Hasmukh Amathalal
  45. 45. Time's Warning , Floyd Zimmerman
  46. 46. Warning Bells , Lucille van OnselenZunckel
  47. 47. Futile Warning , malini kadir
  48. 48. Warning , Theodora (Theo) Onken
  49. 49. Pinched Nerve....... [back Problem; Per.. , Bri Edwards
  50. 50. This Is A Warning , Sylvia Chidi
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