Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

The first thing that came to mind when I saw this week’s photo challenge was the poem, “Warning,” by Jenny Joseph. Most of you have probably heard it many times before. I’ll print it here as a reminder. After reading it enjoy nature’s purple decking!


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.

Jenny Joseph

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24 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple

    1. Carl, it is good to see you here. I’ve been sorta keeping low key these past few weeks. Good luck with the flowers. I’m hoping to have a yard FULL of flowers in five year’s time! Have fun.

  1. I don’t want to wait to wear purple as an old woman~~I want to wear it now. But it’s sometimes hard, as society wants us to wear ordinary colors. I loved your photos.

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