I shall wear purple…

If you look hard, you can see some purple.


I’m a delicate flower. I’ve got allergies to lots of chemicals, so I’ve never dyed my hair. Tired of lock-downs and not seeing friends, I wanted to do something new. My bright idea was to colour my hair purple.

Do I look good in purple? No! I NEVER wear purple. And did I do a good job? Are you kidding? I did a better job spraying water on my kitchen floor than I did my hair and I’m still trying to get the colour out of my white counter. Still, if you look really hard you can see a little purple. You may laugh. I did.


Someone who loves me enough to tell the truth (and shall remain nameless) emailed: ‘Yes! I see it! But people may just think it is the “blue hair” of old ladies who try to brighten their grey and leave the stuff on too long!’

No matter…

Poet Jenny Joseph

I loved the following poem, ‘Warning’, long before I became old. You may too. Since this is National Poetry Month, this is a good time to revisit it. Enjoy!

‘Warning’ by Jenny Joseph (1932-2018)


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 wear purple

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 beer-mats and things in boxes.

Guess she didn’t do any better than I did.


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.

Whatever you do, have fun!!!

Note: Thanks Andrew for helping me find a gentle and safe dye to use.

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24 thoughts on “I shall wear purple…

  1. I love that poem, too. Happy National Poetry Month. To misquote Forrest Gump, “Purple is as purple does.” Be the purple.
    Judy

  2. I also mess with my hair when I’m searching for something creative to do. I won’t colour it any more. although I have been blonde and red. It is white and would probably go green, but I have just curled it up as it was wild and scappy looking. Our family call me “The wild witch of Wookey” when it gets too long! I fear purple can be aging, as can blue. Try strawberry blonde!

    • Blonde??? Are you kidding? My hair was/is as black as a witches hat! True, I look horrid in Purple, it gives me blue circles under my eyes, but what the heck. I hardly see anyone these days while we’re locked down. Nonetheless, I’m having fun. That matters a lot, right?

      • Not me. My hair was pitch black and straight and I thought it was boring. I wanted a white streak. All we had was peroxide, and it turned my streak rust red, then to a greenish tinge. It was awful. I had to wait until my fifties to get that white streak. It was glorious. Ha, ha. Thanks for reading. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Haha…this blog is soo fun…
    I’ll soon be 20 this june and i want to try some new hairstyle on me but I always keep delaying ..
    Reading your blog has given me some courage..
    Will go to saloon soon before my courage dies again. LOL😂

  4. Thank you for the poem. Life is short, so I’m off to wear slippers in the rain in a terrible shirt. Interested to see what other fun projects you’ll undertake during lockdown. Take care!

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