Warning....When I am an Old Woman

I'm doing an art journal on-line course this year to develop my creativity and I must say it's been challenging at times..... I have also been learning some editing techiques for photos...cutting images out, removing the background etc.

This weeks Art Journal prompt was "Rebel" and I immediately thought of this poem by Jenny Joseph. And I thought it just right for practising some photo editing.


"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 the 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 a 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 will 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."

I'm going to have fun when I'm old - but I don't think I'll learn to spit thank you!

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