Warning: When I am an old woman ...

To complete today's celebration of my 50th birthday, I will close with one of my favorite poems by Jenny Joseph. Many of you may know it well. I first heard it as a sophomore in high school in English class. I loved it then, and I love it now ...

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.


Jenny Joseph

Poem taken from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/warning/
Image borrowed from http://www.souvenirpress.co.uk/2011/07/warning-when-i-am-an-old-woman-i-shall-wear-purple-jenny-joseph/



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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Warning: When I am an old woman ...

To complete today's celebration of my 50th birthday, I will close with one of my favorite poems by Jenny Joseph. Many of you may know it well. I first heard it as a sophomore in high school in English class. I loved it then, and I love it now ...

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.


Jenny Joseph

Poem taken from http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/warning/
Image borrowed from http://www.souvenirpress.co.uk/2011/07/warning-when-i-am-an-old-woman-i-shall-wear-purple-jenny-joseph/



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2 Comments:

Blogger Tatsuo Shimabuku said...

I wear purple now and quite a bit of black.

January 10, 2015 at 1:32 PM  
Blogger Tatsuo Shimabuku said...

Tatsuo is Stuart Collins

January 10, 2015 at 1:34 PM  

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