Tea and Poetry


I found a Penny

Author: Copyright © 1998 C Mashburn


I found a penny today tea and poetry
Lying on the ground. 
But it's not just a penny, 
This little coin I've found. 
Found pennies come from heaven, 
that's what my Grandpa told me. 
He said Angels toss them down. 
Oh, how I loved that story. 
He said when an Angel misses you, 
They toss a penny down; 
Sometimes just to cheer you up, 
To make a smile out of your frown. 
So,  don't pass by that penny 
When you're feeling blue. 
It  may be a penny from heaven 
That an Angel's tossed to you. 





tea and poetry


by Jenny Joseph


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 railing
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain.
And pick flowers in other peoples gardens
And learn to spit.


You can wear terrible shirts and grow more feet.
And eat three pounds of sausage at a go.
Or only bread and pickle for a week.
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes.


But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street 
And set a good example for the children
We must have friends to dinner and read the papers
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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