Quotation – February 29, 2012

by Jenny Joseph

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 payment 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 the flowers in other people’s gardens
And learn how 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 practise a little now?
So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

Quotation – February 26, 2012


To walk the sands of an alien world,
To feel the wind and breathe the air …
What longing lies within my soul
That stirs emotions lost in time,
That makes me crave a double-star,
A red-hued sky and rings of gold?

To dig bare feet in dusky beach
And watch the wonders of fiery ocean-
Is it not our destiny to go
And seek fulfillment in the Void,
To sate this craving in man’s soul
Before the memory is again destroyed.

Starlog  July, 1981

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