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.
– From “Warning” (1961) by Jenny Joseph
Did you know that the second line of this poem was the inspiration for the Red Hat Society? I once had a group of these vivacious ladies visit my art studio. This poem always makes me smile because I am a middle aged woman who just happens to love wearing purple. See below for a video of the author Jenny Joseph reciting this poem.
Do you have a favorite poem that makes you smile?