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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 hassam (6/28/2018 4:55:00 AM)

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  • Rookie Jane Jones (6/23/2018 2:39:00 AM)

    I used this poem as part of a sensitivity training class for our in-home care providers while working for the Medicare Alzheimers Disease Demonstration (a federal research project) in the early 1990's. Each time i presented it, there was not a dry eye in the house. VERY POWERFUL! ! By the way, i wear all the purple i can get my hands on, and create as much havoc a possible. ENJOY LIFE! ! ! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Ginny Kettlety (6/22/2018 5:36:00 AM)

    Love it! Just what I needed to read after dealing with some jobsworth who cant help you due to the data protection act I am having a brick wall day. I think I will go out and sit on the pavement, (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. Slaughter Of The Innocent (Warning War.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  5. 5. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  6. 6. A Warning: To Aurelius , Gaius Valerius Catullus
  7. 7. A Warning To Dissidents , Leo Yankevich
  8. 8. Warning , Shel Silverstein
  9. 9. But Listen, I Am Warning You , Anna Akhmatova
  10. 10. Warning , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  11. 11. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  12. 12. My Soul Sacrifice (For A Child) ***wa.. , Lee Degnan
  13. 13. Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  14. 14. The Warning , Robert Creeley
  15. 15. The Time Of Shoddy (Warning Warning Wa.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  16. 16. Warning , Langston Hughes
  17. 17. Sublime Was The Warning , Thomas Moore
  18. 18. Fore-Warning , Robert William Service
  19. 19. The Surgeon's Warning , Robert Southey
  20. 20. Lochiel's Warning , Thomas Campbell
  21. 21. A Warning About Bebabs , Bruce Larkin
  22. 22. 'Warning My Poem Are' 2/21/09 , Verlecia fields
  23. 23. A Fair Warning , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  24. 24. Warning And Reply , Emily Jane Brontë
  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. Warning , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  29. 29. A Warning To Ladies , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  30. 30. A Warning , Ambrose Bierce
  31. 31. Warning! , Geetha Jayakumar
  32. 32. Warning To The Mighty , Adelaide Crapsey
  33. 33. The Warning. , Adelaide Crapsey
  34. 34. Depression: Some Advice..... [a Reminde.. , Bri Edwards
  35. 35. A Monster's Warning , Bruce Larkin
  36. 36. Warning , Frederick William (FW) Harvey
  37. 37. Haiku.......Space Travel Warning! , Ken e Hall
  38. 38. Warning , Robert Murray Smith
  39. 39. 'Warning' , HELEN.J WILLIAMS
  40. 40. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Iii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  41. 41. Early Warning , Hasmukhlal Amathalallal
  42. 42. The Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  43. 43. A Warning , Not Long Left
  44. 44. Warning Signs , Bonnie Collins
  45. 45. Super Bugs ........ [department Of Heal.. , Bri Edwards
  46. 46. Global Warning , Tom Billsborough
  47. 47. Time's Warning , Floyd Zimmerman
  48. 48. Warning Bells , Lucille van OnselenZunckel
  49. 49. Futile Warning , malini kadir
  50. 50. Priorities- A Word Of Warning For Charit.. , Not Long Left
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