A Bit Of Poetry

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  1. Bill Boggs

    Bill Boggs Very Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2015
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    Do you have a favorite poem prone that you like, because it speaks to you now and then or reminds you of something or somebody. Long, long before I knew who Jenny Joseph was, I ran across her poem somewhere. I remember laughing out loud and trying to remember it so I could tell my wife a poem I had discovered. I didn’t remember but I did remember enough of it that she recognized it and was quite familiar with it but then she was always two steps ahead of me. I have liked this poem for many years. I recently read it was voted England’s favorite poem. If you’re not favorite with one of my favorites, take a listen to this.

    By Jenny Joseph

    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 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.

    Do you have a favorite poem you'd like to share?

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