Warning !

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 beermats and things in boxes.
But now we must have clothes that keep us dry and pay our rent
And not swear in the street.
We will 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.

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