When she was old (i.m. Anne McGregor; 11-1-01)

“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat…” – Jenny Joseph


She didn’t wear purple
Or a red hat
(had better taste than that)
Or spend all her pension on drink,
(liked a Snowball at Christmas)
But worked on for a pittance,
(her boss was Knighted for
Services to Tourism…I think)
Breathed her last behind screens
In a charity ward she shared
With three others
(nothing down for them either)
While two chirpy women
(both volunteers)
Chatted amiably:
“Beam me up Scotty!” one says:
And she never wore purple
Or a red hat.





Kevin Patrick McCann
Illustration Nick Victor

From Still Pondering   https://www.amazon.co.uk/Still-Pondering-Kevin-Patrick-McCann/dp/1788768671/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Patrick+McCann+Still+Pondering&qid=1573366856&sr=8-1

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