Poems about retirement


(poetry diary 72) Went to a small dinner party for a retiring journalist last night, so this morning am looking for a good poem about retirement.  The Poetry Foundation has a page dedicated to them.   My favorite there so far is The Tide Rises, the Tide Falls by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.   A Poets.org search also brought me to the following funny, lovely one. Both seem to capture some of the wistfulness and beauty of this change.

Lines on Retirement, after Reading Lear

David Wright 

for Richard Pacholski

Avoid storms. And retirement parties.
You can’t trust the sweetnesses your friends will
offer, when they really want your office,
which they’ll redecorate. Beware the still
untested pension plan. Keep your keys. Ask

Read rest of poem at Poets.org



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