The Rebellious Octogenarian
(A Reply to Jenny Joseph)
Oh Jenny Joseph, you’ve a lot to answer for!
I thought old age could be endured,
by simply wearing purple, and unsuitable footwear,
eating large quantities of sausages and not caring
when I shocked people in the street.
Alas, it is not like that at all. I now regret
my setting good examples to the children.
I have discovered Punk. I have seen the exhibition
in the Brighton Museum. I wish I’d been a part of it
thirty years ago. Worn the gear, scandalised the neighbours.
listened to the Stranglers and the Clash, been a Banshee.
Now it is too late. I do not have the energy these days.
I feel the cold, no warmth in wearing chains.
I’ll have to think of other ways to be a rebel now