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Featured Poem - Warning by Jenny Joseph

The poem by Jenny Joseph, first published in 1961, is named Warning, but many people know it by its first line; "When I am old I will wear purple, with a red hat..." This poem grew a life of its own and is testament to the power of words. It speaks to a couple as they see themselves ageing, to a time when the things they 'have' to do will not be seen as important as the the things they 'want' to do. We care less about those things as we age; life becomes simpler, in some ways. In are article in the Lancet (1999) Joseph is asked about why she thinks the poem is so popular. She recounts how her poem was added to an article about healing after illness as an illustration of hope and seeing a

Australian Loneliness Dialogue

Tomorrow I am attending the Australian Loneliness Dialogue. The first conference on loneliness and social isolation in Australia. Friends for Good, a charity that has social isolation and loneliness as its focus, have been planning this for a while. The groups aim is to bring together people and organisations that tackle with the growing problem of loneliness in Australia. A recent article in The Conversation highlighted this issue. One in four Australians admit to be lonely and it is not just bad for their mental health but it affects all of us as it takes a huge toll on mental and physical well-being. We all pay for this. There are many factors thought to contribute to this growing t

War Poetry

Poet as Hero by Wilfred Sassoon You've heard me, scornful, harsh, and discontented, Mocking and loathing War: you've asked me why Of my old, silly sweetness I've repented— My ecstasies changed to an ugly cry. You are aware that once I sought the Grail, Riding in armour bright, serene and strong; And it was told that through my infant wail There rose immortal semblances of song. But now I've said good-bye to Galahad, And am no more the knight of dreams and show: For lust and senseless hatred make me glad, And my killed friends are with me where I go. Wound for red wound I burn to smite their wrongs; And there is absolution in my songs.

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