When I am old

I drew this cartoon portrait for a friend's 50th birthday. It refers to Jenny Joseph's poem:

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.
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.

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Mark Kokopelli Watkins, Artist 23 Oct 2015

Fun...love this one!! And as far as I am concerned, you may wear what you like, young lady! Mark Kokopelli...

ihor khoynyak 03 Aug 2010

Hm-m-m... I like it!

Artist Reply: Thank you Ihor. It was fun!

marc doutherd 02 Feb 2006

This is wonderful!

Jerry 26 Jan 2006

Cool picture, colors and idea.

charles hooper 07 Dec 2005