FROM NOW ON - REFLECTION ON RETIREMENT



From now on 
Mornings will never be the same

How fortunate I feel
Can’t take it for granted
Everyday I am thankful
Not rich but enough to get by

Free to do as I please
Create my art
Write poetry
Just for the love of it 

No need to peddle or hussle
To put food on the table
Of course it wasn’t
Always so easy

Everything has a price
I haven’t forgotten the years
Of ploughing through
The ruthless game of
Politics and personal agendas
In the arena of public service
Keeping an eye on the finish line
That seemed would never come
Giving my all till depleted
Not everyone is willing to pay the price    

Battered ego
Accumulated scars and anger
Nobody ever said
Respect would be part
Of the salary package

But the finish line comes faster
Than one can imagine
Time passes and 
Only now I stand back
And see the big picture

After comatose years of 
Deprogramming and recharging
Peeling away layer after layer
One day there it is
That inner pearl exposed
Primed to be nurtured and polished

Feeling excessively fortunate
Overall very few people are so lucky
     


Submitted on May 28, 2018 for FROM NOW ON POETRY CONTEST sponsored by NAYDA IVETTE NEGRON  -  RANKED 9TH

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018




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Date: 6/15/2018 2:35:00 AM
Congratulations on your win! It all happens so fast...
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Date: 6/15/2018 7:48:00 AM
It seems it will never arrive then pouf! here it is. Line xx
Date: 6/10/2018 9:02:00 AM
Always good to see the finish line...Congrats on your win
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Date: 6/10/2018 9:05:00 AM
Thanks for your visit and comment, Joseph. Much appreciated.
Date: 6/10/2018 12:24:00 AM
Congrats dear :)
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Date: 6/10/2018 8:42:00 AM
Thanks, Natasha. Much appreciated.
Date: 6/10/2018 12:06:00 AM
Congratulations on your win hugs Eve
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Date: 6/10/2018 8:42:00 AM
Thank you, Eve.
Date: 6/7/2018 9:22:00 AM
You my friend echo my feelings too. I am pretty much in that same boat with you, except family duties keep me very busy, and health issues have slowed me down. Superb poetry and great message! A fav....
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Date: 6/7/2018 9:41:00 AM
Thank you so much, Robert. Most appreciated.
Date: 6/1/2018 10:28:00 PM
Same boat. Good words. Thanks for sharing.
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Date: 6/2/2018 8:17:00 AM
Thank you so much, Brian.
Date: 6/1/2018 6:39:00 AM
Time of bliss "can't be taken for granted" we feed on the blessings of God.. A well deserved retirement after years of endeavours! Rejoice your passion for writing and sharing.. Shine whenever you set your pen! Stay tuned and blessed Line.
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Date: 6/1/2018 12:01:00 PM
Thank you so much, Besma, for your most appreciated visit and comment.
Date: 5/29/2018 1:57:00 PM
I can appreciate those comotose years of deprogramming and recharging. It makes so much sense; I feel like I need to deprogram and recharge on weekends.
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Date: 5/29/2018 4:07:00 PM
Best wishes, Caren. It is so very important to recharge.
Date: 5/29/2018 11:29:00 AM
When you look back at the years of struggle on the job and the rewards of retirement, you really feel blessed. I can identify with what you have said so well. Good luck in the contest.
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Date: 5/29/2018 4:07:00 PM
Thanks for your lovely visit and comment, Sian. Much appreciated.
Date: 5/29/2018 9:37:00 AM
I am so happy for you Line and I am right behind you. As always, You have expressed your thought and feelings very well, Happy Tuesday xxoo
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Date: 5/29/2018 4:08:00 PM
Thank you so much for your lovely visit and comment, Mike. Most appreciated.
Date: 5/28/2018 4:58:00 PM
You were able to come up with an excellent response to this challenge. My From now on is nothing like yours. You are lucky to live in Canada because folks like me and Joe will be working our jobs till we die! Anyway, I do feel so blessed for what I have in my life!
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Date: 5/28/2018 6:13:00 PM
O Andrea - we have to come up with a retirement plan based on poetry!
Date: 5/28/2018 2:24:00 PM
Fortunate indeed, especially after one realises all the people who claimed you would never succeed have all expired …..but, as Tom noted, you may also find there are not enough hours in a day to do what else you want to achieve in the remaining time available. Bonne chance! Aloha! Rico
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Date: 5/28/2018 2:35:00 PM
Aloha, Rico. I hope to live to 100 like our fellow poet Joyce Johnson !!
Date: 5/28/2018 1:21:00 PM
Great write Line, strange thing though ,sometimes I find there's not enough hours in the day since I retired.
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Date: 5/28/2018 2:32:00 PM
Absolutely right, Tom. Scary.
Date: 5/28/2018 1:04:00 PM
"Excellent free verse, Line.. Perfectly penned.. So true along powerful messages.. Blessings to you!
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Date: 5/28/2018 2:33:00 PM
Thank you so much, Robertina. Most appreciated.
Date: 5/28/2018 1:03:00 PM
I'm not there yet, still spinning the millstone. But I think I have to work in some form or other even later, unless my health prevents it. Nice write line
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Date: 5/28/2018 2:34:00 PM
That means you're still young. All the best to you, July!