Favourite Poems 

David Palethorpe

I was reading a book of the countries favourite poems as voted for by the public – when I say country I am talking about the United Kingdom – when I came across this poem by Jenny Joseph that has a resonance with us.

I’m not sure how many others who first read it have like us at various time during the advancing years actually used it as a theme for their own meandering but whether anyone else has we certainly did.

It usually went along the lines of –
When I am old I will wear purple

And carry a cabbage in a string bag

And talk to strangers on the bus

And fart in public and not apologise

Etc etc.

In fact the photograph was taken some years ago and the photographer asked me to say something to make it more natural in appearance and the first thing…

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