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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 Laura Maddox (9/18/2016 2:23:00 PM)

    Funny cute and sweet. Delightful. I want to be old like that. (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 4,220 Points Mizzy ........ (9/9/2016 1:07:00 PM)

    A delightful read....Great post! (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 50,180 Points Tom Billsborough (7/4/2016 2:30:00 PM)

    Spoken like a true rebel! She certainly gives us Oldies plenty of good ideas! Must plan ahead.
    A very funny and delightful poem!

    Tom Billsborough (Report) Reply

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Poems About Warning

  1. 1. Warning , Jenny Joseph
  2. 2. A Warning To My Readers , Wendell Berry
  3. 3. Without Warning , Sappho
  4. 4. Warning To Children , Robert Graves
  5. 5. Slaughter Of The Innocent (Warning War.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  6. 6. Warning , Shel Silverstein
  7. 7. A Warning To Dissidents , Leo Yankevich
  8. 8. A Warning: To Aurelius , Gaius Valerius Catullus
  9. 9. But Listen, I Am Warning You , Anna Akhmatova
  10. 10. The Warning , Robert Creeley
  11. 11. Warning , Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  12. 12. ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' ' .. , Dónall Dempsey
  13. 13. My Soul Sacrifice (For A Child) ***wa.. , Lee Degnan
  14. 14. Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  15. 15. The Time Of Shoddy (Warning Warning Wa.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  16. 16. Sublime Was The Warning , Thomas Moore
  17. 17. Fore-Warning , Robert William Service
  18. 18. The Surgeon's Warning , Robert Southey
  19. 19. Lochiel's Warning , Thomas Campbell
  20. 20. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Ii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  21. 21. Warning And Reply , Emily Jane Brontë
  22. 22. 'Warning My Poem Are' 2/21/09 , Verlecia fields
  23. 23. Warning , Sydney Thompson Dobell
  24. 24. A Fair Warning , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  25. 25. Warning , Frederick William (FW) Harvey
  26. 26. Warning , Langston Hughes
  27. 27. It's In The Water! (Warning Warni.. , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  28. 28. A Warning About Bebabs , Bruce Larkin
  29. 29. Reply To The Indian Warning , Edgardo Tugade
  30. 30. Little Ballads Of Timely Warning; Iii: , Ellis Parker Butler
  31. 31. Depression: Some Advice..... [a Reminde.. , Bri Edwards
  32. 32. Futile Warning , malini kadir
  33. 33. A Warning To Ladies , Clarence Michael James Stani ..
  34. 34. Super Bugs ........ [department Of Heal.. , Bri Edwards
  35. 35. Warning , George William Russell
  36. 36. A Warning , Ambrose Bierce
  37. 37. Warning! , Geetha Jayakumar
  38. 38. Warning To The Mighty , Adelaide Crapsey
  39. 39. The Warning. , Adelaide Crapsey
  40. 40. A Warning , Not Long Left
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  42. 42. 'Warning' , HELEN.J WILLIAMS
  43. 43. The Warning , Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  44. 44. Warning Signs , Bonnie Collins
  45. 45. Early Warning , Hasmukh Amathalal
  46. 46. Warning From Above , Clara Odelia Ciutara
  47. 47. Time's Warning , Floyd Zimmerman
  48. 48. Warning Bells , Lucille van OnselenZunckel
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