2.3.11

when i get old i'll wear purple

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 peoples’ 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 pickles 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 hive 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

image: lilyroze sommaire in love
a big thank you to stephanie of bonkers about buttons who send me this lovely poem
xxx

4 comments:

Bonkers About Buttons said...

...but somehow I think you'll do your purple wearing more stylishly than me - but I bet i can spit further than you! ;-)

agnes szucs said...

:) :) Loved this!
hugs,
agnes

Rick Forrestal said...

Love this photo.

Nice work, Mady . . . as always.

Sonya said...

such a beautiful poem and pic!

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