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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

  • Freshman - 797 Points Jane Urhobocha (5/19/2016 6:31:00 AM)

    So funny and so true (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,505 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 - 1,820 Points Halin Roche (4/26/2016 10:53:00 AM)

    right! !

  • Gold Star - 44,866 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

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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
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