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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

  • Bronze Star - 2,231 Points Souren Mondal (10/7/2015 5:32:00 AM)

    I find this poem a beautiful one due to the use of the language and a very frank description of both youth and old age from a 'crazy', nay, honest perspective.. But what struck me most is the speaker saying that she must maintain a certain façade of etiquette of social norms while being young, and would eventually break free from that when she will be old.. However, it almost feels as if she would do neither, being young or old she would be under the scrutinies of the society and will be continually judged. Perhaps the poem is more of a 'dream' than a reality as it feels, to me personally, that the speaker knows well in her heart that she might never be able to live her life in her own terms.. And most importantly, how can one be certain that they will live 'threescore years and ten' and not die before? ?

    Either ways, to me, this poem is almost a critique of the pressure of maintaining a certain 'face', so to say, in the society and a will to find freedom from bogus, stereotypical social norms..

    A beautiful poem indeed... (Report) Reply

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  • Freshman - 597 Points Rishabh Sethia (9/15/2015 3:44:00 AM)

    What a warning.. Amazing :) (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 286 Points Gauri Sharma (9/10/2015 8:44:00 AM)

    The frankness in the poetry says it all (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. An Evening Walk, Addressed To A Young Lady , William Wordsworth
  18. 18. Queen Anne's Lace , William Carlos Williams
  19. 19. Colors Passing Through Us , Marge Piercy
  20. 20. Shadows On The Down , Alfred Noyes
  21. 21. Henry Purcell , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  22. 22. Ravenna , Oscar Wilde
  23. 23. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  24. 24. Endymion , Oscar Wilde
  25. 25. By Broad Potomac's Shore , Walt Whitman
  26. 26. Helian , Georg Trakl
  27. 27. Metamorphoses: Book The Sixth , Ovid
  28. 28. The Lost Spring , Musfiq us shaleheen
  29. 29. Whitelight , Carl Sandburg
  30. 30. Metamorphoses: Book The Tenth , Ovid
  31. 31. A Hand On Her Gown: The Peace , Thampi KEE
  32. 32. The Teacher Of Wisdom , Oscar Wilde
  33. 33. The Rose , Pierre de Ronsard
  34. 34. The Purple Cow: Suite , Gelett Burgess
  35. 35. Purple , Philippa Lane
  36. 36. The Prophet , David Herbert Lawrence
  37. 37. Spirit , M.J. Lemon
  38. 38. Upon Prew His Maid , Robert Herrick
  39. 39. The House Of Dust: Complete , Conrad Potter Aiken
  40. 40. Momus , Carl Sandburg
  41. 41. The Fairy Of The Fountains , Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  42. 42. A Roxbury Garden , Amy Lowell
  43. 43. Purple , Elisa elisa
  44. 44. A Wish (Iii) , Frances Anne Kemble
  45. 45. The Fugitive , Friedrich Schiller
  46. 46. The Fan : A Poem. Book Iii. , John Gay
  47. 47. Purple Slurple (Children) , C.J. Heck
  48. 48. Battle Of Hastings - Ii , Thomas Chatterton
  49. 49. ' The Haze... ' , MoonBee Canady
  50. 50. The House Of Dust: Part 02: 10: Sudden D.. , Conrad Potter Aiken
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