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Does anyone know any specific poems or a website with poems that may relate to any of these themes...?
- loss of innocence/youth
- taking a chance
- being yourself
- imagination vs. reality

any poems relating to these will do! even a poem that is opposite of the theme will be fine too...such as for 'taking a chance' and 'being yourself', if you know a poem that is about hesitating or being what other people expect for you to be instead of yourself, those will work too! they can be by anyone/anonymous! even one single poem will help!!! thanks!

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    Alice, this a great poem about being yourself, taking a chance and the loss of youth!
    : 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 railings
    : And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
    : I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    : And pick the flowers in other people's gardens . . .

    : 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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