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Tribute to Jenny Joseph

By davetac  
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 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.

Tags: Photo journalism Fashion Purple Ladies Hats Poetry redhats Jenny Joseph

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9 Apr 2019 11:12PM
A superb image to accompany one of my favourite poems: inspired!

I have run out of gongs for today but, with the aid of a post it note stuck to the old Amstrad, there is a good chance that I shall remember to bung one your way on the morrow! For now it can have a home in 'Favourites'! SmileSmileSmile
davetac 12 69 2 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2019 1:01AM

Quote:A superb image to accompany one of my favourite poems: inspired!

Thanks very much.

When I am an old man
I shall wear bright red trainers
And a brown Stetson hat
I shall talk to strangers in Tesco's
On trains and buses too
Tell them I've got my own teeth
Except I haven't and I've bloody lost my Stetson

rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
10 Apr 2019 6:47PM
poignantly APT !!!! Dave. love the poem SmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmileSmile

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