"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Something That Bears Repeating

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


  1. Or a fur coat with nae knickers, like most of the Edinburgh bourgeoise.

  2. You're very intimate with the clothing habits of the people of Edinburgh, Bugger. Is there something you want to tell us?

  3. It is how we people of Glasvegas describe Edinburgh]
    Awe fur coat and nae knickers
    All show and no substance, Mrs GV

    How are you keeping?

  4. 'Glasvegas' - like it :-) I'm keeping fine thank you Panda - well, apart from having girl-flu and smelling like a Vick's vapour-rub factory that is. Come along to pmqslive chat at twelve o'clock or one of the Budget live chats later.

  5. Can I rub the Vicks in please.

    I'll trim the claws in my paws.

    I have no personal need to listen to the budget as I live abroad and have no intention of returning unless....................................................................................


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