When I Am A Little Girl,
I Shall Wear Purple...

By Judith Moriarty

(Adapted from Jenny Joseph's poem
'When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple')
When I am a little girl, I shall wear purple
And maybe a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me
And I shall dream of meadows with butterflies and summer scarves
And oh, leather scandals and drinking goat's milk with Pawpaw
I shall splash in summer puddles and catch fireflies in the twilight
I will rescue broken birds, learn to yodel and catch the fog in my hands
I will roller skate, and visit secret waterfalls that lay deep in wooded valleys
I will close my eyes and wish real hard that I will stay forever nine
I will move mountains with my faith, and plant fields of dancing flowers
I shall creep out at night and scatter joy-peace-love and kindness
I shall wrap myself in floral scarves and dance in a hidden holler field
And in my Land of Peace only the children shall rule in laughter
But I have to leave for a little while
To prepare a banquet of peace for you
A place of sanctuary where war does not live.
Photographer Mike Moore, The Mirror-UK



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