...it's not dark yet, but it's gettin' there...

May 18, 2005

Wednesday Is Poetry Day

Here's a cute one by Jenny Joseph (b. 1932):


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 the 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 to keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.
We will have friends to dinner and read the papers.

But maybe I ought to practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old and start to wear purple.

Sounds like a plan.

Posted by annika, May. 18, 2005 |
Rubric: Poetry


Oh, one of my favorites! My mother recited it to me when I was small...

Posted by: Hugo on May. 18, 2005

I'm planning to someday be irresponsible. It does make sense, even if it's almost a paradox.

Posted by: Trevor on May. 18, 2005

You are too cool.

Posted by: shelly on May. 19, 2005

I love that poem. I'll be like that when I'm old.

Posted by: Annika (the other more British one) on May. 22, 2005