poet Jenny Joseph

Jenny Joseph

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Warning

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.

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003
Poem Edited: Monday, July 30, 2007

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (11/21/2020 8:19:00 PM)

    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.
    thoughts that goes beyond death

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  • M S NewhadneyM S Newhadney (10/27/2020 7:51:00 PM)

    what a sad image of oldness! ! it's fluent to read. also simple and realistic! !

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  • Pam lutwyche (9/27/2020 5:01:00 AM)

    Brilliant

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  • L Milton Hankins (9/22/2020 3:50:00 PM)

    Jenny Joseph's " Warning" will go down in the annals of literature as one of the truly great pieces of work, and it shall always be known simply as " When I am old, I shall wear purple...."

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    She's writing about me!

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (8/8/2020 6:42:00 AM)

    A peep into the spasmodic behaviour of an old woman who wants to experiment on so many things but mindful of so many others. A fine poem indeed.

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (7/26/2020 8:01:00 AM)

    Excellent poem, entertaining to read, much humor.

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  • Michele (7/18/2020 2:36:00 PM)

    I AM old, and I wear purple often. It is the only rebellion in which I engage.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (5/29/2020 12:33:00 PM)

    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. thinking of the time when one becomes old and coping with it. tony

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  • rocky love (5/29/2020 9:36:00 AM)

    love it charming, never too late

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (5/29/2020 7:25:00 AM)

    time
    is important part of life....growing up and
    becoming old with some abnormal feelings
    is unhygienic nature of natural nerves system
    ....it's a great poem on the growing old feelings
    ....thanks for sharing....

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  • Uche Al (5/29/2020 5:15:00 AM)

    The only thing I can say is: Oh My God This poem is amazing

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (5/29/2020 1:10:00 AM)

    Congratulations Mrs. Joseph! The Modern Poem Of The Day! Today Friday the 29th May 2020.
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    Well written, it’ s always good to refer to classics

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