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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 - 0 Points Fergus Nicolson (8/31/2015 8:58:00 AM)

    Only now that I am 70 does this poem make sense. Makes me sad for days gone by. A wonderful poem. All my pals are like this now. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,086 Points Briony Nicholls (8/28/2015 9:39:00 AM)

    I like the sentiment & theme of this poem very much but just feel it isn't expressed especially well from the point of view of poetical craftsmanship. Many lines sounds quite clunky and jarring (eg And learn to spit) . There is very little that endears me to this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 261 Points Vhulenda Maudu (7/28/2015 4:07:00 AM)

    Very niceAdd a comment (Report) Reply

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Poems About Purple

  1. 1. Warning , Jenny Joseph
  2. 2. Purple Martins , Carl Sandburg
  3. 3. Lullaby , Eve Merriam
  4. 4. Purple—is Fashionable Twice , Emily Dickinson
  5. 5. Stars Wheel In Purple , Hilda Doolittle
  6. 6. On The Purple And White Carnation , Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Nor ..
  7. 7. The Purple Cow , Gelett Burgess
  8. 8. On The Mantelpiece , Amy Lowell
  9. 9. There Was A Man Who Lived A Life Of Fire , Stephen Crane
  10. 10. The Purple Thread , Katharine Lee Bates
  11. 11. Blazing In Gold And Quenching In Purple , Emily Dickinson
  12. 12. Avoiding Purple , Raymond A. Foss
  13. 13. A Purple Trumpet , Raymond A. Foss
  14. 14. Deep, Deep Purple , Raymond A. Foss
  15. 15. Very Like A Whale , Ogden Nash
  16. 16. Sleeping At Last , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  17. 17. Queen Anne's Lace , William Carlos Williams
  18. 18. An Evening Walk, Addressed To A Young Lady , William Wordsworth
  19. 19. Colors Passing Through Us , Marge Piercy
  20. 20. Shadows On The Down , Alfred Noyes
  21. 21. Endymion , Oscar Wilde
  22. 22. Ravenna , Oscar Wilde
  23. 23. Henry Purcell , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  24. 24. By Broad Potomac's Shore , Walt Whitman
  25. 25. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  26. 26. Helian , Georg Trakl
  27. 27. Metamorphoses: Book The Sixth , Ovid
  28. 28. The Teacher Of Wisdom , Oscar Wilde
  29. 29. Whitelight , Carl Sandburg
  30. 30. Metamorphoses: Book The Tenth , Ovid
  31. 31. The Lost Spring , Musfiq us shaleheen
  32. 32. A Hand On Her Gown: The Peace , Thampi KEE
  33. 33. The Rose , Pierre de Ronsard
  34. 34. Purple , Philippa Lane
  35. 35. The Purple Cow: Suite , Gelett Burgess
  36. 36. Upon Prew His Maid , Robert Herrick
  37. 37. The House Of Dust: Complete , Conrad Potter Aiken
  38. 38. The Prophet , David Herbert Lawrence
  39. 39. Momus , Carl Sandburg
  40. 40. The Fairy Of The Fountains , Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  41. 41. Spirit , M.J. Lemon
  42. 42. A Roxbury Garden , Amy Lowell
  43. 43. Purple , Elisa elisa
  44. 44. Purple Slurple (Children) , C.J. Heck
  45. 45. A Wish (Iii) , Frances Anne Kemble
  46. 46. The Fugitive , Friedrich Schiller
  47. 47. The Fan : A Poem. Book Iii. , John Gay
  48. 48. Solomon , Thomas Parnell
  49. 49. Battle Of Hastings - Ii , Thomas Chatterton
  50. 50. ' The Haze... ' , MoonBee Canady
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