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Best Retirement Poems

Below are the all-time best Retirement poems written by Poets on PoetrySoup. These top poems in list format are the best examples of retirement poems written by PoetrySoup members


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


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Categories: retirement, change, future, hope, inspiration,
Form: Free verse

Premium Member Where Did The Years Go
Remember years ago, when you were fit
Now you can't stand too long, before you have to sit
And all the times that you ran to catch...

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Categories: age, old, retirement,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member A Quiet Place That I Sought

 When I was down in the dumps
I longed to be away from the din of the world
And a quiet place I sought

Nature has always...

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Categories: happiness, peace, retirement,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member The Rusted Gate
Rusted, but well oiled and continuously in use, heaven’s gate. 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...

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Categories: image, retirement,
Form: Verse
Wild Birds and Nutsy
Wild Birds and Nutsy

There still is beauty in the lengthy life,
Tho no longer glamorous corporate strife,
Grief and relief fall on first lonely days,
Staring outside at...

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Categories: age, appreciation, retirement,
Form: Sonnet

Strolling around town 
At prohibited time 
Ignoring the church bell sounds
While I see people hurrying 
Down the sidewalk
On their way to work 

Think maybe I'll...

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Categories: age, city, freedom, retirement,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member From Pinnacle to Cynical
From Pinnacle to Cynical 

When we were young
We had our dreams
But, in our future we would find
That many times along the way
There were mountains, we...

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Categories: retirement, adventure, allusion, change, future,
Form: Rhyme
I’m thinking about thinking about retiring
     Not sure when that will be
I know I need to make a change

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Categories: humorous, retirement,
Form: Rhyme
Punctuated in Time
Cant lift my eyes beyond half past seven anymore
Nay! I do not wish to see...
Past hyphens and inverted commas
Lies and more catastrophe

Ambidextrous clock with appalling...

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Categories: retirement, abuse, art, humanity, imagery,
Form: Dramatic Verse
New Future Of The Internet
New Future Of The

Cable cost are up
too high
You turned to the
internet and so have

My Youtube channel
is the way to go
Now I can even make
video shows


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Categories: retirement, business, career, film, grandparents,
Form: Free verse
Talking Trash
The alarm clock brushed my teeth and then forced me to drink orange juice.
As I looked out the window, a cement sky was pulling down...

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© Luke Irwin  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: retirement, me, me,
Form: Prose Poetry
So Words Become
So words become; the order of the day
and order of the day becomes
the soldiered meaning of all work and play,
the ever present, beating drums.

Then words...

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© Tom Hitt  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: retirement, allegory, allusion, death, introspection,
Form: Quatrain
A Better Day After All
A Better Day After All

A ring of the phone announced
A holiday call to say “hello” 
The news from working days,
Days sometimes bringing nostalgic yearning,
That feeling...

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Categories: blessing, retirement,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member A Quick Look
From the mountaintop, we look behind
Rivers crossed, the gradual incline
Obstacles seen clearly, paths not taken
Hills and valleys, opportunities forsaken
Winding paths, in all directions
Coming together, in...

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Categories: feelings, meaningful, perspective, retirement,
Form: Rhyme
Is Today Actually Tomorrow
Woke this morning, thought, might take a shower
     it's 9:00 am already, will eat lunch in a few hours.

When I dust...

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© carl jent  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: retirement, age, change, loneliness, lonely,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member UNWOMANNED
Here, I dwell in no man's land,
On the flip side, there's men unwomanned,
They can be a miserable band,
Desperately seeking a hand,
I read their profiles for...

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Categories: feelings, love, men, retirement,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member My Final Curtain
No encore demanded, I stand alone
No applause as I hang up my ‘microphone’
But what do they care, for no empty chair
Has ever acknowledged good tone


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Categories: death, retirement,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member Nineseventeenpm
As the second hand ticks away my breaths
a half-clad moon catches my eye.
Was a time when I might've seen
the ghost of half-eaten melon,
but I'm older...

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Categories: age, retirement,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Flow
They didn't rush out to greet him
When Father time made his call...
They traded house and picket fence...
For one room down a long hall

like soldiers standing...

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Categories: emotions, endurance, retirement, seasons,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member I Will Go To Jail Instead of A Nursing Home
During lunch I announced when I retire I am going to go to jail.
Jail, I repeated. I will rob a bank or something.
The three others...

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Categories: grandparents, retirement,
Form: Free verse
Ex Worker Bee
I used to be a worker bee,
And as far as I could ever see,
Would never have the sunshine time,
To sing a song, to pen a...

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Categories: retirement,
Form: Light Verse
Changing Views
When I was young and clueless,
If retirement appeared
Somehow upon my radar
I would think it pretty weird.

But if I gave some thought to where
My future self...

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Categories: retirement,
Form: Rhyme
artless dissipation - WDJ
30 January 2021

The prodigy has turned prodigal
Making silver spoons out of gold medals
While the hearsay deepens about clandestine meetings
I fix myself a plate of pity...

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Categories: identity, life, retirement,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member I've lost a step or two
I've lost a step or two, or maybe three
   My memory isn't what is used to be

It takes me forever to get going...

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Categories: age, fear, loss, retirement,
Form: Rhyme
A Cheap Watch And A Cake
You sell yourself for money
Hour lunch two coffee breaks 
To punch a card at 5pm
For a cheap watch and a cake
You live on autopilot 

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Categories: retirement, anger, angst, business, farewell,
Form: Rhyme