22 Retirement Poems

Finding the right retirement poems to use at a party, in a card or in a speech or toast all comes down to the retiree. You may find one or a few poems below that work perfectly and connects to the honoree correctly, or you may find it helpful to use these poems and create your own. However you find our poems helpful, they are available for you to use.

I love to celebrate a retirement using cheeky or funny retirement poems. They are a super fun way to celebrate a great life change.

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  1. May You
    Irish 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.

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  2. Your New Life Begins
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    Today you will retire,
    And a new life will begin.
    May you have the time to do all you want,
    And may you feel the joy within...

    Your New Life Begins
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  3. 9 to 5
    Poet: Samatha C. Ringle

    9 to 5, or 8 to 4,
    You don't have to do it anymore.
    No more time clock
    No more late docks.
    You get to retire today
    You will be missed in every way.
    Enjoy your retirement
    It is truly an achievement!
    Congratulations to you
    With work, you are through!

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  4. Seek A New World
    Poet: Alfred Tennyson

    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.

  5. How Did You
    Poet: C. A. Lynch

    How did you get to retire before me?
    Oh, my friend, that can't be!
    Oh, how jealous I am of you
    You make me feel blue!
    But I am happy you get to retire
    You always did inspire!

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  6. Teacher
    Poet: Unknown

    Teacher you have done your planting
    Seeds of knowledge you have sown
    We are already missing you
    You deserve the best retirement too!

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  7. A Poem Just For You
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    This poem was written just for you
    To wish you a happy retirement,
    And happiness in all you now will do
    Wishing you lots of contentment
    In the coming retirement days
    We will miss you in every way!

    A Poem For You
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  8. Time
    Poet: Tom S. Gold

    There never seems enough time
    To do all the things we want to
    But with retirement we have time
    To do only the things we want to
    Happy Retirement wishes are sent to you
    Keep us posted on all you do!

    Now Is The Time Poem
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  9. Words of Wisdom
    Poet: Unknown

    I have tried for a week, and vainly I seek
    Words of wisdom to write to you here;
    So, wishing you life free from sorrow and strife,
    Nor wanting in friends and good cheer,
    With health - perhaps wealth -
    Love better than self.
    And Truth, far the best, to the end;
    Since content it maintains
    While existence remains,
    I subscribe myself.
    Truly, your friend

  10. Retire Means
    Poet: C. A. Lynch

    R is for
    relaxtion, which you can do all day.

    E is for
    excitement, to do it your way

    T is for
    tasks, that you no longer have to do

    I is for
    independence, no bosses to answer to

    R is for
    road trips, you can take every day

    E is for
    enjoying the journey and having time to play!

  11. Funny Retirement Poems
    If you would prefer to get a few laughs with your retirement poem, then the below poems may be more of what you are looking for.

  12. Today
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    Today you will retire
    But don't you tire
    Live life even more
    Walk out of here and shut the door
    Congrats to you

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  13. Challenges
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    Life brings different challenges to us all
    But retirement is a time to have a ball
    No more challenges of work for you
    Spend your days as you wish to.
    Carefree and happy we wish your days
    But we will miss you always.
    Retirement Challenges

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  14. Cheers To
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    Cheers to all the years you have worked
    Cheers to the years ahead and what you find
    Cheers to the great person you are
    Cheers to the sad people you leave behind
    Cheers to your retirement this day
    Blessings and happiness for you we pray.

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  15. How You Play The Game
    Poet: Unknown

    Retirement - It's all in how you play the game, isnít it?
    Let's see now. How will I know when I am a senior.
    Some places give me a senior's discount at 55, some at 60 and some at 65.
    My government pension will be sent to me when I am 65.
    My company will arbitrarily retire me at 65.
    (I'm going to beat them to the punch and retire at 60.)
    So that means that parts of our society think 'senior' begins at 55.
    How will I personally know?
    Well, with a little bit of luck, I don't think I'll ever know.
    It's all in how you play the game, isn't it?

  16. How Many Times
    Poet: Julie Hebert

    How many times have you retired
    Of this we are getting tired.
    Nothing can keep you down
    Retirement to you is like a clown.
    So you're going to retire again
    Spend some time with your friends
    Oh we will see this time around
    If retirement is really found!

    Retirement Again?
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  17. Short Retirement Poems
    If what you are looking for is more of a short but sweet retirement words, then the following poems may be a better choice. Take a read through and see if one of them works for your needs.

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

  19. Retirement - praise the Frenchman,
    His remark was shrewd
    How sweet, how passing sweet is solitude!
    But grant me still a friend in my retreat,
    Whom I may whisper,
    Solitude is sweet.
    William Cowper

  20. Fear no more the heat o' th' sun,
    Nor the furious winter's rages.
    Thou thy worldly task hast done,
    Home art gone and ta'en thy wages.
    William Shakespeare

  21. I have no Yesterdays,
    Time took them away;
    Tomorrow may not be Ė
    But I have Today
    Pearl Yeadon McGinnis

  22. Life is a song - sing it.
    Life is a game - play it.
    Life is a challenge - meet it.
    Life is a dream - realize it.
    Life is a sacrifice - offer it.
    Life is love - enjoy it.
    Sai Baba

  23. Life is mostly froth and bubble.
    Two things stand like stone:
    Dodging duty at the double,
    Leaving work alone.
    Author Unknown

  24. It's not as bad a world,
    As some would like to make it;
    But whether it's good or bad,
    Depends on how you take it.
    Author Unknown

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I hope you were able to find the perfect retirement poems for your card, speech or party. Don't forget, allow these poems to inspire you to write your own if you are unable to find some poems that fit your needs.

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