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

Premium Member Footprints
Frothy waves stretch to kiss toes
Hikers plodding sandy coasts
Leaving imprints on the shore

Who journeyed here, perhaps this morn
As the orange orb created dawn
Summoning sun worshipers


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Categories: retirement, introspection, life,
Form: Free verse
Dont Fade
NOTE:  This poem means a lot to me for it brings back memories of my childhood. My father, a WWII veteran was, in my...

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Categories: retirement, children, family, life,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member THE JOURNEY
Once upon a weedy lawn
At Cedar Oaks Retirement Home
There sat my mother, weak and old
On an afghan knit to block the cold.

It was summer, but...

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Categories: retirement, appreciation, child, daughter, devotion, family, forgiveness,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Samoan Bash
I was working in the Capitol late one night 
When my eyes beheld an eerie sight
Nancy Pelosi began to rise
And suddenly to my surprise
She did...

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Categories: retirement,
Form: Rhyme

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
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 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
Eileen was born 80 1/2 years ago
on the first day of winter on the ground a bit of snow
with a twinkle in her eyes and...

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Categories: retirement, for her, mom, , cute,
Form: Rhyme
Rudolph's stuck in traffic

I'm Rudolph stuck in traffic, and on this of all the nights,
and up to now my nose has matched each set of traffic lights,
the fat...

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© Viv Wigley  Create an image from this poem.
Categories: retirement, christmas, humor,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member I'm Just Getting Started
Born in Madrid, in fifty nine,
A military Kid, 3rd of 7 in the assembly line;
They named me Michael, but I answer to Wedge,
A Master Sergeant’s...

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Categories: retirement, age, career, children, family, growing up,
Form: Rhyme
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, writing,
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: adventure, allusion, change, future, life, retirement,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member The Teacher
O Teacher! My Teacher!
I would dare to channel a master just for you.
I know not if I am up to this lofty task,
but it is...

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Categories: retirement, teacher, , literature,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Bio - Bob Hinshaw
Well, you asked for it so here goes!
I'm five-feet, eight inches tall from scalp to toes.
Born October 1930 in Indiana - so there, I've revealed...

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Categories: retirement,
Form: Bio
Premium Member 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, mystery, ocean,
Form: Dramatic 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
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: business, career, film, grandparents, poetry, retirement,
Form: ABC
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: allegory, allusion, death, introspection, life, retirement,
Form: Quatrain
Premium Member moi-meme
Creative, artistic, musical, analytical
Brother of Michael and Susanna; son of Fred and Marlyn
Lover of Nelly (Bourieau) H., science fiction novels and films, private serenity...

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Categories: retirement, art, conflict, inspiration, world,
Form: Bio
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
Premium Member Aging with Flare
Retirement for some means a rocking chair
But I’m blasting forth on a contrail’s flare
      My 40-year career

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Categories: retirement, adventure,
Form: Limerick
Soldier's Regret
I have seen the "corners of the world,"
heard the songs of many languages.
I have helped bring peace from many wars,
and played with the poor children...

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Categories: retirement, warsoldier,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member 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 The Diary of a Tobacco Chewer-w
“I never travel without my diary,
One should have something sensational to read”

5-4-11: I never knew about the above quote of Wilde
But an event in...

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Categories: retirement, cancer, me,
Form: Free verse