Poetry from the Garden - Warning by Jenny Joseph part 2

07:44 Ramble / Discussion Oct 09, 2020 6 comments 123 104

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For the second episode of Poetry from the Garden, I chose another contemporary poet, the British poet Jenny Joseph. I misspoke in this audio, when I recorded this I didn't realize she had died in 2018.

Here's a video of the poet herself reading this poem in 2008

This is a delightful and poignant poem about getting older, and how we tend to wait for our old age to do the silly, fun, frivolous things we want to do, "to make up for the sobriety of (our) youth" (my favourite line from the poem)

The text of this poem (written 1961) can be found here

Other audios in series Poetry from the Garden


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  • Benny on 2020-10-15 06:20:48 (UTC)

    A poem for EVE...

    E is for Exemplary , a role model.

    V is for Valiant , possessing bravery.

    E is for Enriching , you make others lives more meaningful. 🙏

    • A Eve on 2020-10-16 15:01:51 (UTC)

      Aww, thank you Benny! ❤️

  • Hawkins on 2020-10-10 02:18:17 (UTC)

    Hey Eve! Wonderful to see this series back, and a wonderful reading of it! I love hearing interesting poems and I appreciate your taste for finding good ones. I often find myself disheartened with a lot of poetry on account of it's being extremely....self involved if that makes sense. But the ones you've selected are great!

    It's a fascinating thought, being too mature in your youth and trying to make up for it by being young when you are old. It makes you think about all the things you wish you could do. I don't know if I much care for the purple shirt red hat combo, but I could stand to dance in the rain a little more.

    • A Eve on 2020-10-10 20:21:49 (UTC)

      Thank you so much, I'm so glad you're enjoying these!

      And I agree about the purple and the red (although I believe there's a whole society of ladies who gather together once a year in purple dresses and red hats in honour of this poem).

      • Hawkins on 2020-10-12 00:51:44 (UTC)

        Oh my gosh there really is! Hahahaha! Oh that's amazing! The "Red Hat Society" and they have their own wikipedia page and official website and everything! Local chapters, big get togethers, it's like some amazing Dr. Seuss version of a sorority for old ladies! I love it.

        • A Eve on 2020-10-12 11:45:15 (UTC)

          Yes, imagine how great it feels to have a whole society form up based on one of your poems!

          Here's the wikipedia page on them - Red Hat Society