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.

by Jenny Joseph

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Comments (27)

so very true. somewhere, sometime there will be love for those who seek and if you look closely it is usually all around you. beautiful write, dear.
a very positive write..should keep that in mid...somewhere someone is there for you
Oh, to be a composer! This reads like lyrics (in a good way - no snarkiness intended, if that's how it sounded) and wants acoustic guitars. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
Love is forever! If someone goes away, someone will love someone as one door is closed another will be opened!
A wonderful poem with diverse dimention.
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