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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 D Pearson (9/17/2018 1:45:00 AM)

    Thoughtful and mindful. Make one think of values. (Report) Reply

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    Looking for a doll of old woman in red hat (Report) Reply

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Poems About Warning

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  3. 3. Without Warning , Sappho
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  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
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  10. 10. Warning , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
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  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. Sublime Was The Warning , Thomas Moore
  17. 17. Warning , Langston Hughes
  18. 18. Fore-Warning , Robert William Service
  19. 19. Lochiel's Warning , Thomas Campbell
  20. 20. The Surgeon's Warning , Robert Southey
  21. 21. A Warning About Bebabs , Bruce Larkin
  22. 22. Warning And Reply , Emily Jane Brontë
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  27. 27. Warning , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  28. 28. A Warning , Ambrose Bierce
  29. 29. Warning! , Geetha Jayakumar
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  32. 32. A Monster's Warning , Bruce Larkin
  33. 33. Warning , Frederick William (FW) Harvey
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  37. 37. Early Warning , Hasmukhlal Amathalallal
  38. 38. The Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  39. 39. Warning Signs , Bonnie Collins
  40. 40. Global Warning , Tom Billsborough
  41. 41. Time's Warning , Floyd Zimmerman
  42. 42. Warning Bells , Lucille van OnselenZunckel
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  44. 44. Warning , Theodora (Theo) Onken
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