Retirement poems-verse #1
Retirement is a time
For feeling glad to be alive,
A time when friendships blossom
And enthusiasms thrive.
A chance to do the special things
You always wished you could.
Retirement is a special time
For knowing...life is good.
Congratulations on your
As one chapter ends
Another begins for you
Enjoy all the things
You've been looking forward to
A very happy retirement to you
This is the first batch of poems about retirement.
If you don't find anything suitable, try section 2.
Or even 3, between them, you'll find a gem
You'll be a hit at the retirement 'do'
Irish Retirement Blessing
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.
Sixty-five is the age when one acquires sufficient experience to lose one's job.
O, blest retirement! friend to life's decline —
How blest is he who crowns, in shades like these,
A youth of labor with an age of ease!
Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew.
Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho'
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved the earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
- From Ulysses by Alfred Tennyson
He who laughs last at the boss's jokes probably isn't far from retirement.
What does a government retiree miss most about not having a job?
Not being able to call in sick two or three times a month.
How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb?
Only one, but it will take him two or three days to complete the job.
What do you call a worker who is of retirement age, hates his job, and refuses to retire?
Welcome to retirement poems, which brings you free, online, printable poems for retirement, including retirement poems for teachers, nurses
This is the second batch of poems about retirement
Where you're sure to find a peach
That will give you the right material
For a cracking retirement party speech
Retired is being twice tired, I've thought
First tired of working,
Then tired of not.
At last some time for pleasure trips
And do what you want to do
The time to just take your time
It's toodle-oo to time that flew
Those plan A's and B's
Coming down of that dusty shelf;
it's your time now just for you
To do things for your self.
Jon Bratton/Maggie-May 2010
You will be sadly missed
So pop in any time;
As you're passing down this way
Or come back part time?
Free... Yes...FREE time
Is what retirement brings
Leisure, lounging and loafing
And other lazy things
Jon Bratton 2013
The changes can be really weird
You'll miss the camaraderie;
I don't think so I hear you say
Well let's just wait and see.
These relate to all retirees but some are searched for more than others and they are what you would expect, public servants: soldiers and other military personnel; emergency services personnel, including firefighters and cops, carers and educators including teachers, nurses, doctors and pastors and of course fellow workers, including the boss or coworker as well as men and women family and friends and mom and dad, of course
Stay in bed late every day
You can do so if you want;
But now you're driven by not wasting
Time and going to old haunts.
Golf or sewing and gardening too
The cooking programmes on the telly;
Craft making takes your time
Or tasty recipes in your belly.
A new structure is what you need
As the clock has ruled your life;
Do this and that and be there when
Now you've got the high life!
New skills at college
Or even a degree;
My neighbour did a lot you know
Now she's cleverer than me.
Not hard I hear you say
I will miss all this banter;
So off on my horse I'll trot
I may even do a canter.
This place just won't be the same
Not without your face and smile;
Your laughter ringinjg around the office
Always going that extra mile.
Our volunteers and staff alike
Have all come in today;
Because that is exactly
Just what they wanted to say.
The management team have lost the plot
Already with new plans;
The demise of this project a certainty
Whilst not held in your fair hands.
Long days and lie ins
These are your plans for now;
But you will soon start wondering
How you found time to work anyhow.
Time whizzes by pottering around
Doing all the things that you've waited for;
Hobbies abound and friends keep in touch
Life now won't be a chore.
Enjoy the peace and the revelry
Listening to music and radio;
Travelling the world to see
Or setting up a studio.
Now's the time, the time that's yours
You know the stuff you've never had;
To do whatever comes into your head
Older age really isn't that bad!
On your well deserved retirement
And we wish you happiness in the years ahead
Enjoy your retirement years
Here's some more items of retirement verse, verse for retirement card, verse for retirement
On your well deserved retirement
And we wish you happiness in the years ahead
Retirement Party verses
You've had a long working life
As everyone knows
You can now do nothing at all
And then have a doze
Enjoy Your Retirement
JB c 2006
More retirement poems party verses to come
The following Retirement Verses are personalised poems for specific people but are included as they help you write for your own retiree
Retiring Policeman / Keen runner, walker, gardener
You spent years as a cop
Patrolling on the beat
Dishing out punishment..
...to your poor aching feet
You've done many a half marathon
Pounding along the street
You've walked miles round dale and mountain
We feel sorry for your feet
You're keen on growing potatoes and things
Ankle deep in peat
Fair enough you're keen on vegetables
But think of your plates of meat
Sup beer, enjoy the grandkids
Give yourself a treat
Take advantage of your bus pass
Get slippers for your feet
Happy retirement Ernie
Your working life's complete
A career spanning 50 years
Now that's what we call a feat !!
Retiring Principal / Golfer / Gardener / Short in height / Keen on classical music / Choir Conductor
The Head's Dilemma
Should I continue rigging league tables
Or retire early instead
I'm afraid the school's lost the race
By just a short head (groan !!)
A raspberry to the Governors Report
Difficult parents know what they can do
I'm off to play a bit of golf
Err...and scrub a floor or two
Oh dear...I'll have to do the housework
Scrubbing floors and all that stuff
'Cos 'Er indoors will have to work
The pension's not enough
This retirement lark's not easy
There's no gain without the pain
It can't be golf AND gardening
My knees won't stand the strain
That's an awful lot to do
I'm far too old to retire
I'll just stay at Sandhill View
Should I stick to my cushy number
Or vacuum and tend the soil?
I'll let the flip of a coin decide
Is it a Head or Toil?
Lots of love etc
Retiring Union Rep / Gambler / Metal Detector Treasure Hunter
A dedicated union man
Protecting the members' bread and butter
And on fruit machines and horses
You've been known to have a flutter
Whether "horse trading" or horse betting
There's many times you've won
Not just a skilled negotiator
But a lucky son of a gun
Armed with your metal detector
Lady luck and time for leisure
We're sure you'll make a million
Finding buried treasure
We'll miss your calming influence
You were articulate and rational
Good luck Brian...but before you go
Have you got a tip for the National?
Retiring Principal / Cyclist / Communist / Very tall / Weightwatcher / Keep fit fan
James, you're a very caring bloke
A principal with principles, so true
You cycle, drink and play guitar
Not an easy thing to do
Your love of Central America
Can be seen on what you wear
It's an odds on bet, to say you are
Just a little left of Blair
You're big on sport and keeping fit
And on America's Cuban flop
You're big on Education
You're just very big...full stop
You fast on all your white days
And have red and green days too
And you're also fond of the light brown days
When you sup a pint or two
This tribute's endorsed by all the staff
And your friends, of which there's many
The Government saved a buck or two
But squandered a good Penney
Good Luck etc
Here's the Retirement Quotes section
It's the last in a series of three
As you take the applause at the end of your speech
Give some of the credit to me
The trouble with retirement is that you never get a day off.
There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working.
One of the problems of retirement is that it gives you more time to read about the problems of retirement.
Retirement can be a great joy if you can figure out how to spend time without spending money.
In retirement, I look for days off from my days off.
We have no porch, no rocking chair — and no time. My biggest need is a calendar
because there are so many things to do. Now I encourage people to retire — the younger the better.
A perpetual holiday is a good working definition of hell.
George Bernard Shaw
Retirement requires the invention of a new hedonism, not a return to the hedonism of youth
Retire? I'm going to stay in show business until I'm the only one left.
Retirement at sixty-five is ridiculous. When I was sixty-five, I still had pimples.
Before deciding to retire from your job, stay home a week and watch daytime television.
Age [and retirement] appear to be best in four things — old wood best to burn, old wine to drink, old friends to trust, and old authors to read.
I'm retired — I'm not dead!
RETIREMENT: The time in your life when time is no longer money.
There are so many other interesting ways to spend your time. I feel like early retirement is a gift, but it's such an incredible gift. It's a gift I need to use.
When I retire I'm going to spend my evenings by the fireplace going through those boxes. There are things in there that ought to be burned.
Richard Milhouse Nixon
Retirement is when the living is easy and the payments are hard.
Retirement: It's nice to get out of the rat race, but you have to learn to get along with less cheese. Gene Perret
Now that you're retired,you'll be able to enjoy a good brisk.......sit
Retirement: The time in your life when time is no longer money.
The worst thing about retirement is having to drink coffee on your own time.
The key to a happy retirement is to have enough money to live on, but not enough to worry about.
Retirement is waking up in the morning with nothing to do and by bedtime having done only half of it.
When you get to retirement, you switch bosses - from the one who hired you to the one who married you.
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