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Once I’m Previous I Shall Put on Purple – BionicOldGuy


I’ve at all times beloved this poem, an ode to non-comformity, by the Scottish author Jenny Joseph:

Warning

When I’m an outdated lady I shall put on purple
With a purple hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t go well with me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer time gloves
And satin sandals, and say we’ve no cash for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement once I’m drained
And gobble up samples in outlets and press alarm bells
And run my stick alongside the general public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall exit in my slippers within the rain
And decide flowers in different individuals’s gardens
And study to spit.

You’ll be able to put on horrible shirts and develop extra fats
And eat three kilos of sausages at a go
Or solely bread and pickle for every week
And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and issues in packing containers.

However now we will need to have garments that hold us dry
And pay our hire and never swear on the street
And set a very good instance for the kids.
We will need to have mates to dinner and skim the papers.

However possibly I should practise slightly now?
So individuals who know me are usually not too shocked and stunned
When all of the sudden I’m outdated, and begin to put on purple.

(check out this delightful video of the author reading her work)

I’ve reached the age that now I’m fairly glad I took her recommendation and practiced slightly once I was youthful, so now of us are usually not too shocked. My neighbors know I’m innocent they usually don’t want to cover their youngsters, although they might sadly shake their heads and say “poor Karen” once I journey by on my recumbent or stride by with my Nordic poles or handweights.



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