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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 - 2,069 Points Anne Yun (4/20/2016 2:38:00 AM)

    when i am old i shall be like her, definitely, so i ought to practice a little now! (Report) Reply

    Veteran Poet - 1,632 Points Halin Roche (4/26/2016 10:53:00 AM)

    right! !

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  • Gold Star - 41,984 Points Ratnakar Mandlik (3/19/2016 6:56:00 AM)

    Impact of old age and revisiting childhood and it's notions in it are wonderfully depicted in this unique poem. Thanks for sharing.10 points. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 87,599 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (3/19/2016 1:43:00 AM)

    Life is to live the way you feel good about, Nice poem, thanks for sharing, . (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. Colors Passing Through Us , Marge Piercy
  16. 16. Very Like A Whale , Ogden Nash
  17. 17. Sleeping At Last , Christina Georgina Rossetti
  18. 18. Queen Anne's Lace , William Carlos Williams
  19. 19. An Evening Walk, Addressed To A Young Lady , William Wordsworth
  20. 20. Ravenna , Oscar Wilde
  21. 21. Shadows On The Down , Alfred Noyes
  22. 22. Henry Purcell , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  23. 23. Endymion , Oscar Wilde
  24. 24. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  25. 25. By Broad Potomac's Shore , Walt Whitman
  26. 26. Whitelight , Carl Sandburg
  27. 27. Helian , Georg Trakl
  28. 28. Metamorphoses: Book The Sixth , Ovid
  29. 29. The Lost Spring , Musfiq us shaleheen
  30. 30. The Teacher Of Wisdom , Oscar Wilde
  31. 31. Spirit , M.J. Lemon
  32. 32. Metamorphoses: Book The Tenth , Ovid
  33. 33. The Fairy Of The Fountains , Letitia Elizabeth Landon
  34. 34. Purple , Philippa Lane
  35. 35. The Purple Cow: Suite , Gelett Burgess
  36. 36. Upon Prew His Maid , Robert Herrick
  37. 37. A Roxbury Garden , Amy Lowell
  38. 38. The House Of Dust: Complete , Conrad Potter Aiken
  39. 39. Momus , Carl Sandburg
  40. 40. Purple , Elisa elisa
  41. 41. A Wish (Iii) , Frances Anne Kemble
  42. 42. The Fugitive , Friedrich Schiller
  43. 43. The Rose , Pierre de Ronsard
  44. 44. The Fan : A Poem. Book Iii. , John Gay
  45. 45. Purple Slurple (Children) , C.J. Heck
  46. 46. The Battle Of The Lake Regillus , Thomas Babbington Macaulay
  47. 47. The Culprit Fay , Joseph Rodman Drake
  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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