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Saturday, April 26, 2014






When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple
by Debra Eve | @DebraEve

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 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.

"What outrageous things will you do when you don’t have to set an example for the children? Is it time to make up for the sobriety of youth?" (Latebloomer)

24 comments:

Simon Kewin said...

Start now! I gave a copy of this poem to my mother-in;-law when she retired. She's doing pretty well so far...

Deniz Bevan said...

I love this poem! I hadn't seen a copy of it in ages, thanks for sharing.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'll spend all day playing video games! Wait, I can do that now...

JL Stratton said...

Love this poem. I would get a tattoo and a motorcycle although, I suppose, I could do that now. Really, I guess I already live a fairly unsavory life.

Trisha F said...

Purple is the colour of my sports team, too! :)

Robin said...

Most of the people in my family who started acting crazy (when they got older) did so because they actually lost their minds. Maybe they should have started sooner...

Pat Hatt said...

I'll act crazier and use I'm too old for this s*** all the time

Rachna Chhabria said...

I love this poem. I love the color purple. When I am old I will probably wear outrageous clothes.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Now that my kids are grown, I don't have to go out in the cold or get up early to make sure everyone else is up. I can watch my favorite movies and show over and over again. I can stay up until 2 am and read. I know. I'm a wild one.

klahanie said...

Ah yes, the lil' ol' Queen. In Britain, evidently she's long to "rain"" over us.

I'm an outrageous example to my son, anyway. I hope that keeps his spirit soaring with fun and hope.

I'm defined as getting on a bit. Do I care? Nope and with that, time to go skateboarding.

Gary :)

Donna Hole said...

Oh my; I did not remember scheduling a post for today. Perhaps I better check out my dashboard and see what else is scheduled I don't remember creating.

Simon; this is perfect all "little old ladies" :)

Your welcome Deniz.

Alex; then you've got a good start on your dotage, lol.

JL; ah, living dangerous I see.

Trisha; purple is a good color.

Robin; yes, they needed to actually enjoy all that craziness.

Pat: That's the spirit!!

Rachna; my sister thinks my wardrobe is already outrageous.

Susan; that's my kind of wild, lol.

Gary; ha, your son must be a lot of fun then. careful of those skinned knees . .

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Ha ha Donna - better check that brain too - at least it's still scheduling things ..

Love the photo of the Queen - she looks amazing for 88 this week ..

My mother had that poem too .. and I love the thoughts it conjures up ..

Great to read .. cheers Hilary

Lorelei said...

I thank you for posting this poem, Donna... I remember seeing it a few decades ago. I turn 60 this year.
My favorite color is purple, or violet, or lavender--I painted my office lavender and violet many years ago. I have collected pens, I know how to spit, but don't in public, since I find it disgusting (however, having a watermelon seed spitting contest is not beyond me). I have long ago not really given a damn about what other people think of me--and I'm often quite shocked that they like me for who I am!
I don't think of myself as "old", and I'm not. Perhaps when I get to age 88 or 90, I might, but not now.
Thanks again for posting this. I loved it!

VR Barkowski said...

I've never had children and therefore never felt the pressure to set a good example except out of a personal need to be a good person. I hope one day I'll learn to be less a slave to my own conscience, but it seems to be going the other way. :)

VR Barkowski

DAVID WALSTON said...

Well, well...I try not to think of when I'm older, although my kids tell me daily how old I am. If not verbally then show me when I fail to keep up with the times.

Donna Hole said...

Hilary; I think my brain was pickled with wine when scheduling this.

Lorelei: you're only as old as you feel, right? I'd love your lavender room.

VR: you're perfect just as you are.

David: I had one of my teens ask if popcorn existed before microwaves.

.....dhole

Al Diaz said...

In another 800 years I will be eating virgins and burning villages just the same. It is too much fun.

Donna Hole said...

Al; did you see my Charlie's Scribes post that talked about Dragons and their love of burning villages and eating Virgins? LOL, I thought of you for that one :) Hopefully, none of your important teeth will fall out over the next 800 years so you CAN continue eating virgins and such. I've miss you, my DragonHeart.

......dhole

DEZMOND said...

I already wear purple.... I'm famous for it :)

J.L. Campbell said...

The queen does look spiffy. When I'm older, I'll say exactly what I please. I'll kiss tact goodbye.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

The queen is the classiest of the royals. Always has been. As for chaos in my old age? I think my life is chaotic right now.

Madeline Jane said...

I've never seen this poem before, but I love it! I guess I have a while to go before I'm old. Right now I think I'm getting all my weirdness out now before I have to set an example for kids. ;)

Donna Hole said...

Dezzy: you look good in all colors, but purple may be my favorite!

Joy; she does look spiffy. And, you should kiss ~some tact goodbye now, when appropriate, so you already have that precedence set :)

Mike: I hope you're not saying you will settle down more in your old age!

Madeline: Don't wait too long to start those pesky bad habits, lol.

....dhole

farawayeyes said...

I am, always have been, and shall remain the people your parents warned you about.