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.

by Jenny Joseph Click to read full poem

Comments (214)

great and great beautiful poem great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++
This is a beatiful " Painting"
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
I have loved this poem since I was in college (1980?) . I am so happy that it took off and became a society of Red Hat Ladies!
Dear Jenny. A wonderful poem. The words alive and true.
Old is a aging number but mind is evergreen, here i see.
This is a great charming poem about life habits and looking forward to being old and all the benefits of it. Very optimistic and charming. Why hasn't she been on here in so long? I'd like to hear how things are going being that this was sixteen years ago!
Today my Daughter and I went for a hot chocolate in Thorntons at Dalton Park. Sat next to us were two outrages ladies one aged mid seventies the other eighty one. They Told us about this poem and how it had inspired them to go out and do the things they had always wanted to do but never dared to do and were having a whale of a time in their golden years. What an inspiration, I am in my mid sixties have printed this poem and intend to follow it to the letter.! ! !
Wonderful! ! But why wait until we're old? Go for it now and watch peoples' reactions. Great idea.
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Greatly appreciated...... Indirectly depicted piece..... Naila
'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.' - Loved the sarcasm!
I am gradually practising every day. Thank you Ms Joseph. Wonderful words full of humour and simply I do not care what people think. I love it!
I love this poem, really enjoyed it.
Old, gray and indolent, Great poem thanks,
A beautiful poem nicely executed.
Such a wonderful poem to read and enjoy again, as I have done many times.
The OLD could not touch her evergreen mind! //// lovely poem
I intend to do all the things mentioned in the poem.......with gusto
its nugget ok stop get some help