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When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

Posted on 17th May 2012 in poetry

I came across a brilliant poem today that I just had to share!


by Jenny Young

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. 

Missing You Haikus

Posted on 20th March 2012 in haiku/ Missing You/ poetry

The sun still shines but

I cannot feel it’s warmth

When you are not here


I sleep, I wake up

Sometimes I dream of your face

But I can’t see it


I turn to you to

Speak or to share a smile

But you are not there


I remember the

Touch of your hand holding mine

As I fall asleep


haikuplural of hai·ku (Noun)

  1. A Japanese poem of seventeen syllables, in three lines of five, seven, and five.

Warum Ich Dich Liebe

Posted on 4th October 2011 in German/ poetry/ reasons why I love you

Ich liebe dein Gesicht
Deine lächelnden Augen
Die Tiefe deines Herzens
Deine bezaubende Seele

Ich liebe dich für deinen Mut
Für die Intensität deiner Gefühler
Ich liebe, dass du solche Barmherzigkeit zeigst
Und, dass es nichts gibt was du nicht teilen würdest

Ich liebe, dass ich an dich glaube
Ohne Frage, ohne Zweifel
Ich liebe, dass du an mich glaubst
Es scheint mir, du kennst mich in und auswendig

Ich liebe deine Geduld und dein Verständnis
Die Tiefen deiner Liebenswürdigkeit, egal was passiert,
Ich liebe, dass du dich als unzerbrechlich zeigst
Obwohl ich weiss, dass du es nicht bist

Ich liebe deine Zärtlichkeit
Die nur mit deine Stärke konkurriert wird
Ich liebe deine Gerechtigkeit
Und, dass du mir über nichts ausführlich sprechen musst

Ich liebe dein Optimismus,
Dass du glaubst, weil du glauben willst
Ich liebe deine Großzügigkeit
Dass du gibst ohne etwas dafür bekommen zu müssen

Deine Freundschaft zu haben ist für mich eine Ehre
Und ich hoffe dieses kleine Blog dir zeigen kann
Dass du der liebsten Mensch bist den ich überhaupt kenne;
Ich fühle mich geehrt, dass du in meiner Welt bist.

Socksy #OddSocks

Posted on 22nd November 2010 in odd socks/ onlydads/ poetry

When I’m cold and feeling the chill

They always make me feel brill

They may not be pretty

But they’re warm and snuggly

They may not match

But don’t say that they’re ugly


They never care

If I’ve washed my hair

Or done my make-up

So it’s ‘barely there’

They wait all day

Without complaint

Till I come home and then they’ve got a date


We stretch out on the sofa

My odd socks and me

We laze together and watch the telly

We drink sometimes wine and sometimes tea

And do you know what?

We feel all socksy!


This poem was written in support of @OnlyDads and the Oddsocks Christmas appeal.

OddSocks! OnlyDads needs your help this Christmas

This year, has been asked to decorate a Christmas Tree which will be placed in the Mediaeval Courtyard of the Dartington Hall Trust. It will be a wonderful setting for what we hope will be a memorable Tree.

The Dartington Hall Trust is committed to work in the fields of Arts, Sustainability and Social Justice. Picking up on these core themes, OnlyDads is inviting Mums and Dads to get involved in this event and we have proposed to have Socks as our theme. This is where you come in!


We aim to decorate the OnlyDads tree with hundreds of bright and wonderful socks. We are inviting parents of children to:

  • Make and/or decorate a sock that can be hung on the tree.  Artistic imagination will be required!
  • Ask the child to place a message in the sock – based on the following prompt “make a wish for your Dad?”. Being a Dad’s based lone parent organisation we know that many children will have Fathers who have died, or are absent, or in the case of some, their sole carer. For other children living with both Mum and Dad, this will still be a fun and creative exercise. The important thing for us is not to exclude any child from participating.

Then What?

The sustainability theme is important to us.  We will preserve all these important messages on a dedicated website to begin with. Thoughts are also being given to the publication of a book (with pictures of the decorated sock and the message accompanying it).

Given that Dartington Hall has such a vibrant interest in the Arts – thoughts are also being given to an Artist turn our Socks (and messages) into a permanent work of Art…the possibilities are endless.

Our “odd socks” theme seems to be catching! Please, grown-up or young person, if you want to draw a picture or write a poem about socks, just send it to us. These all add to the overall project in a really positive way.

What to do next?

Assuming you and your child(ren) would like to get involved (we hope they do) then we will need the Sock with the Message inside to reach us by 30 November 2010. Please include in the envelope a note with your child’s first name and age.

Socks need to be sent to:

OnlyDads, Room D4, Foxhole, Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 6ED United Kingdom

There will be prizes for the best designed socks. Some examples include:

Most innovative sock = £50 of  Argos Vouchers (many thanks Woolley & Co Solicitors)

For the Mum/Dad who helps with the best ideas for project = B&B for two with a bottle of bubbly in the room at the fabulous Watermans Arms in Devon (Many thanks Rob and Jane)

Most touching message = annual family pass to Woodlands (thanks Woodlands)

Craftiest Sock = a special “non sew bunting kit” from the fab @redtedart

Sweetest Sock = £10 gift voucher from Cranch’s (the world best sweetshop)

But we do apologise in advance –  socks cannot be returned as they may end up as a permanent work of art!

Read more about OnlyDads here

S is for… STORM

Posted on 22nd July 2010 in poetry/ writing workshop

Writing Workshop Badge

So now it’s your turn. What prompt did you choose? 5. Storm

There is a storm coming

Building coils of dread, tighter

I can feel it in every sharp breath

Is it time for fight or flight

There is a storm coming

But will it wash away

Will it cleanse and repair

Or will pain remain

There is a storm coming

The greyness fills me

A leaden weight within

Like spadefuls of cloying wet sand

There is a storm coming

It’s anger is loud, it brings thunder

The greyness wraps me

In a blanket of familiar pain

There’s a storm coming

Do I hide from the dark

Or dance in the streaks of light

How will I know the difference

H is for… Haiku

Posted on 9th July 2010 in haiku/ poetry

feelings wait unchanged

lives rush, oblivious how

hearts stop, until now


sleek, black, handsome cat

sits, waits, aloof yet alone

until I come home


time, shifts, waits for none

minutes rush, running past fast

laughing who was last

numbing, yet, lifting

soothingly warmth rushes in

hello there to gin

deeply cut, feel none

life ebbs, tide washes me clean

yet I feel no one

new words, unspoken

virgin pages now broken

new book I love thee

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