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"When You Retire" - They Said

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

Old Man: Image by pramit marattha from Pixabay

Old Man: Image by pramit marattha from Pixabay

Time to Contemplate

Today I had some time to sit and contemplate life. That happens from time to time when I get a rare break between activities. My wife had to attend an event and I had to drive her there, help unload some items, and then wait to drive her home when she finished.

This provided me with time to just relax, enjoy a little nature, and think about things. I picked up my pen and notebook...and this poem is what resulted. I like to think there is some wisdom to be found in the words, or even between the lines.

"When You Retire" - They Said

I’m seen as an easygoing guy,
One who takes life in his stride,
But sometimes when the pressure mounts,
That’s when I want to hide.

There’s so much that I have to do,
To complete before I die.
Every day there’s something new,
And I’ll give it all a try.

I wish I could turn back the clock
And do it all again.
Fill up those days I wasted -
I’d get it all done then.

“When you retire,” they said,
“Then you’ll have time to spare
To do the things you’ve dreamed of,
And with your partner share.”

But spare time doesn’t last for long
And soon each day is full.
This week went quicker than the last.
That ‘retirement’ word is bull ….

I had to start a diary
To keep up with it all,
Appointments and commitments,
Returning missed phone calls.

My wife is in so many groups,
She says she must stay active.
But all the travelling that we do
Makes staying home attractive.

Older couple: Image by Layers from Pixabay

Older couple: Image by Layers from Pixabay

I need some writing time alone,
To get my projects done on time.
I’ve never had a complaint yet,
That I failed to make deadlines.

There’s housework that has to be done,
And gardening work to do,
Repairs and maintenance as well.
I need to hire a crew.

Next May’s a trip to Sydney,
And December’s almost here.
The tree’s still up from Christmas last.
I can’t believe this year!

My library has so many books
I don’t have time to read.
For once I start I just can’t stop.
So I prioritize my needs.

I write for HubPages, Medium,
The Creative Exiles too.
There are not enough hours in a day
For what I want to do.

All this writing, research, and stuff
Helps to keep me wise,
And walking Honey our little dog
Gives me exercise.

So, I’d rather have a busy life
Than one that’s full of boredom.
But just give me two lazy days
I’d love to just call “Snoredom.”

Just give me two lazy days: Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

Just give me two lazy days: Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

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