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Retirement Poems | Examples of Retirement Poetry

Retirement Poems - Examples of all types of retirement poetry to share and read. This list of new poems is composed of the works of modern poets on PoetrySoup. Read short, long, best, and famous poem examples for retirement.

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Premium Member Mild Side of Life
Maybe this is enough for me, Reading, writing and literacy, With craft and friends to greet, Soon enough for coffee we'll meet, No need for fuss and strife, I walk on the mild side of life!...Read More
Categories: appreciation, happiness, retirement, silence,
Form: Free verse

Retired doctor recalled
Couldn’t leave yet, One of them that I’d met Moaning and screaming, It feels like they’re dreaming. Needed again, Glad to give a refrain But I’m now nearly eighty, Active still though, matey. Couldn’t say no, Knocked up, asked not to go, Help this...Read More
Categories: retirement,
Form: Acrostic
let it rain
Our farms are sick and starved and outgrown barns, The earth is witted, breaking our spades Tomorrow is stranded because today is wicked Barking on our tears These brothers of mine are strangers They rage the sun in this part...Read More
Categories: retirement, africa, anger, betrayal, brother,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Hot Damn
Retirement, aw yes, looked forward to this time A cottage on the beach, that would have been fine But instead here I am Writing poetry, hot damn! Met some really great poets, so sweet and so kind ...Read More
Categories: retirement,
Form: Limerick
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 party, for I know nobody I don’t even know myself The...Read More
Categories: identity, life, retirement,
Form: Lyric

Premium Member Everyday is Saturday
The day my career came to an end, all time became a blur; the hours shrunk to a minute long, the future, now obscure. All clocks and watches lost their jobs, alarms, no longer feared When waking up to silent...Read More
Categories: career, humor, retirement, time,
Form: Rhyme
On to Plan B
I'd travel the world Trip the light fantastic Spend quality time with my family My schedule, so elastic Brush up on my reading Start a garden, plant seedlings Exercise daily, religiously Attend prayer services...Read More
Categories: adventure, family, fun, retirement,
Form: Rhyme
Premium Member age spots
God shifts his weight and half an oak remains. One soul must die; another life retains. I stand a little shaky now. raise my hand, put drops in my eye, A sort of palsy visits me I let...Read More
Categories: retirement, age, appreciation, body, fate,
Form: Rhyme
A teacher Just retired Student now Learning the books of life ...Read More
Categories: retirement, truth,
Form: Free verse
Premium Member Last Look
The final bell had sounded. Happy kids fled halls and classrooms, out those double doors. I heard brief conversations: “Call me soon” . . . “Hey, let’s go swimming” . . . “Catch ya later, Dude!” They’d...Read More
Categories: retirement, school,
Form: Blank verse
A Cowboy Hangs 'Em Up
Hung up my saddle and its reins Now I'll count the losses and gains My reputation's got some stains I've still got Texas in my veins I got old with some aches and pains My knees creak whenever it...Read More
Categories: retirement,
Form: Monorhyme
Premium Member Have I Finally Died
The time has come to end this life of mine, The time has come to leave everything unimportant permanently behind. All of my rescues will be cared for and comfortable, as promised to me, by a true...Read More
Categories: retirement, self,
Form: Rhyme
Time to Rewire
When a person retires It's time to rewire The first thing to do? Break your clock in two No more 'early,' no more 'late' No train to catch, no bus for to wait And when...Read More
Categories: humor, money, retirement, time,
Form: Light 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 watch... They take turns staring at the clock... And wonder where the...Read More
Categories: emotions, endurance, retirement, seasons,
Form: Lyric
Premium Member The Five Day Grind
You wake up on Monday and crawl out of bed, to begin a new week filled with unknowns ahead. With a shower and coffee, you step up the pace 'til you're ready to join in that weekly rat...Read More
Categories: humor, retirement,
Form: Couplet

Specific Types of Retirement Poems

Definition | What is Retirement in Poetry?