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Here are a few poems about retirement and retirement party verse for retirees (to add to the retirement quotes and retirement sentiments) who want to retire happy, wild, and free. You want to be happy while you are alive because you are a long time dead.


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 One of Many Funny Retirement Poems

Happy retirement days are here at last.
The days of toil and stress are long past.
I worked almost all my life so that I can play.
Do I want to go back to work?
Absolutely, no way!
Dave Erhard (COPYRIGHT ©  Used with Special Permission)

An Funny Love Poem That Can Be a Retirement Poem for Spouses

When you're away, I'm restless, lonely,
Wretched, bored, dejected, only
Here's the rub, my darling dear
I feel the same when you are here.
— Samuel Hoffenstein

A Funny Retirement Poem for Retiree's Bored in Retirement 

Razors pain you;
Rivers are damp;
Acids stain you;
And drugs cause cramp.
Guns aren't lawful;
Nooses give;
Gas smells awful;
You might as well live.
— Dorothy Parker, Résumé

Another Poem for a Retiree 

The Apple live so bright and high
And ends its day in apple pie.
— Samuel Hoffenstein, The Apple (A Metaphor about Life)

A Poem for a Retiree 

So many worlds,
So much to see and do,
So little seen and done by others,
means many more things to be seen and done,
by extraordinary you.
— from the inspirational novel Look Ma, Life's Easy: An Inspirational Novel about How Ordinary People Attain Extraordinary Success and Remarkable Prosperity

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Two Retirement Poems That Are Not Teacher Retirement Poems

I wish I loved the Human Race;
I wish I loved its silly face;
I wish I liked the way it talks;
And when I'm introduced to one
I wish I thought What Jolly Fun!
— Sir Walter Raleigh

Youth, large, lusty, loving-
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, fascination?
— Walt Whitman (1819-92), U.S. poet. Youth, Day, Old Age and Night.

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Four Teacher Retirement Poems about Money

O Gold! I still prefer thee unto paper,
Which makes bank credit like a bark of vapour.
— Lord Byron

Never ask of money spent
Where the spender thinks it went.
Nobody was ever meant
To remember or invent
What he did with every cent.
— Robert Frost

I'm tired of Love: I'm still more tired of Rhyme.
But Money gives me pleasure all the time.
— Hilaire Belloc, "Fatigued," Sonnets and Verse, 1923

How quickly nature falls into revolt
When gold becomes her object!
For this the foolish over-careful fathers
Have broke their sleep with thoughts, their brains with care,
Their bones with industry.
— William Shakespeare

A Retirement Poem by W.B. Yeats

A line will take us hours maybe;
Yet if it does not seem a moment's thought,
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.
— W. B. Yeats

Two Retirement Poems of Many Retirement Poems by Longfellow

It is autumn; not without
But within me is the cold.
Youth and spring are all about;
It is I that have grown old.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, "Autumn Within"

Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth,
To some good angel leave the rest;
For Time will teach thee soon the truth,
There are no birds in last year's nest!
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Retirement Poem of Several Funny Retirement Poems

That Depicts Old Age in a Positive Light

"Written in a Carefree Mood"

Old man pushing seventy,
In truth he acts like a little boy,
Whooping with delight when he spies some mountain fruits,
Laughing with joy, tagging after village mummers;
With the others having fun stacking tiles to make a pagoda,
Standing alone staring at his image in the jardinière pool.
Tucked under his arm, a battered book to read,
Just like the time he first set out to school.
— Lu Yu (12th-century Chinese poet)

One of the Retirement Poems by William Butler Yeat

When You Are Old
When you are old and gray and full of sleep,
And nodding by the fire, take down this book,
And slowly read, and dream of the soft look
Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep;
— William Butler Yeats

Retirement Poem about Forgetfulness by Billy Collins

as if, one by one, the memories you used to harbor
decided to retire to the southern hemisphere of the brain...
No wonder you rise in the middle of the night
to look up the date of a famous battle in a book on war.
No wonder the moon in the window seems to have drifted
out of a love poem that you used to know by heart.
— Billy Collins

A Retirement Poem Mentioning the Importance of Friendship

An elegant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labor, useful life,
Progressive virtue, and approving Heaven!
— James Thomson

Retirement Verse That Does Not Make Great Retirement Poems

Retirement is the time of your life
for you to be
all that you planned to be.
To live life for the moment
to live happy, wild, and free.
Dave Erhard (COPYRIGHT ©  Used with Special Permission)

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An Inspirational Retirement Poem

The origins of this Irish Poem about retirement is unknown:

May you always have work for your hands to do.
May your pockets hold always a coin or two.
May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.
May the rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you.
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
 Irish Retirement Blessing  


Retirement Love Poem

The fabric of my faithful love
No power shall dim or ravel
Whilst I stay here — but oh, my dear,
If I should ever travel!
 — Edna St. Vincent Millay

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An Early Retirement Poem

I call the following retirement verse an " early retirement poem" I discovered it on the Internet while searching for anything related to my international best-seller The Joy of Not Working. The creator of the poem Van Tu practices The Joy of Not Working better than I do!

The Joy of Not Working

I spend the whole early morning
In bed
Listen to light music
Daydreaming on and off

I leisurely take a long hot shower
Scrubbing myself from top to toe
Enjoying my excellent

I go for a slow walk after lunch time
Admiring the lovely flowers in the sunshine
Along the way

I ride my bicycle all over town
The cool breeze blowing in my face
Transports me back to sweet

When I was a carefree innocent teenager!

Those who know don't work . . .

( COPYRIGHT © by Van Tu    Used with Special Permission)



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A gold watch is the most appropriate gift for retirement, as its recipients have given up so many of their golden hours in a lifetime of service.
— Harry Mahtar

The requirements for successful retirements
are, of course, simple to map out: Begin saving earlier in life, set aside larger
percentages of your pay, invest wisely in low-cost funds, avoid debt, pay off
your mortgage, defer Social Security to boost payouts, and work past traditional
retirement age to make sure you don't run out of money. Stay healthy, too, so your medical expenses don't eat you alive.
We might as well complete this fairy tale by advising you to make sure you find a job with a traditional pension, and
to only work for employers with AAA credit
ratings and great health insurance.
— from US NEWS

Sometimes it's important to work for that
pot of gold. But other times it's essential to take time off and to make sure that your most important decision in the day simply
consists of choosing which color to slide
down on the rainbow.
— Douglas Pagels  

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Everyone needs a reason to put their shoes on in the morning [when they retire]. If you put on the slippers, you'll end up
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— Norma Fagan


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Whatever the challenge of a new age, in the end what really counts is not the years in our lives but the life in our years. It is not about longevity, but the depth of life. Long ago I learned that age does not wither the mind if people remain positive. No one is too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. It is a mind game. As Churchill suggested, "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
— Singapore Retiree Jennie Chau



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