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Best Famous Retirement Poems

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by Anne Kingsmill Finch | |

On Myselfe

 Good Heav'n, I thank thee, since it was design'd
I shou'd be fram'd, but of the weaker kinde,
That yet, my Soul, is rescu'd from the Love
Of all those Trifles, which their Passions move.
Pleasures, and Praise, and Plenty haue with me But their just value.
If allow'd they be, Freely, and thankfully as much I tast, As will not reason, or Religion wast.
If they're deny'd, I on my selfe can Liue, And slight those aids, unequal chance does give.
When in the Sun, my wings can be display'd, And in retirement, I can bless the shade.


by John Lindley | |

GRANDAD AND A PRAMLOAD OF CLOCKS

 Wheeling them in,
the yard gate at half-mast 
with its ticking hinge,
the tin bucket with a hairnet of webs,
the privy door ajar,
the path gloved with moss
ploughed by metal 
through a scalped tyre -
in the shadows of the hood,
in the ripped silk
of the rocking, buckled pram,
none of the dead clocks moving.
And carrying them in to a kitchen table, a near-lifetime’s Woodies coating each cough, he will tickle them awake; will hold like primitive headphones the tinkling shells to each ear, select and apply unfailingly the right tool to the right cog and with movements as unpredictable as the pram’s will wind and counter-wind the scrap to metronomic life.
And at the pub, at the Grey Horse or Houldsworth, furtive as unpaid tax, Rolex and Timex and brands beneath naming will change hands for the price of a bevy, a fish supper or a down payment on early retirement on a horse called Clockwork running in the three-thirty at Aintree.
John Lindley


by Robert Lowell | |

Homecoming

What was is.
.
.
since 1930; The boys in my old gang are senior partners.
They start up bald like baby birds to embrace retirement.
At the altar of surrender I met you in the hour of credulity.
How your misfortune came our clearly to us at twenty.
At the gingerbread casino how innocent the nights we made it.
on our Vesuvio martinis with no vermouth but vodka to sweeten the dry gin- the lash across my face that night we adored.
.
.
soon every night and all when your sweet amorous repetition changed.