Journey Forth

28 May, 2007

Live life to the full – now!

Filed under: Humour,Life,Poetry,Thoughts — by Karen @ 11:44 am

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

With a red hat that 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 fat

And eat three pounds of sausage 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.

And maybe I ought to practice a little now?

So that people who know me are not shocked and surprised

When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Jenny Joseph

b 1932, England

Maybe life isn’t always about doing the things we think we ought to do, the things that we think are the right things to do. Lets live a little and enjoy ourselves



  1. where did u get that poem from i dnt get it

    Comment by neil008 — 30 May, 2007 @ 10:52 am |Reply

  2. I love the poetry – especially the ‘learn to spit’ line – cheered up my day.

    Melinda Banners

    Comment by MELINDA BANNERS — 18 June, 2007 @ 1:24 pm |Reply

  3. Melinda, I love this poem. I think it tells us to do things we want to now. Don’t wait!!

    Comment by Karen — 18 June, 2007 @ 7:05 pm |Reply

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