19 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 below that works perfectly and connects to the honoree correctly, or you may find it helpful to us these poems and create your own. However you find them 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.

  1. 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 Blessing Quotes

  2. 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.
    Julie Hebert
    Retirement Sayings

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

  4. Congratulations on your retirement.
    Its a joyous time in everyone's life
    When they get to say goodbye
    To the everyday hustle and bustle!
    Take time for yourself!
    Julie Hebert
    Retirement Wishes

  5. 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

    Love Quotes

  6. 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
    Graduation Wishes

  7. Retirement ~ I 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

  8. 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.
    Alfred Tennyson

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

  10. 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 Shakespear

  11. Challenges Of Retirement
    Retirement is like becoming a new mother,

    Without the hassles and challenges of raising a child.

    You feel like youíve been thrown into a different life,

    Far from what is familiar and wild.


    Donít worry if times feel strange at first,

    Youíll soon find your way.

    A little soul searching is all you need,

    Then youíll certainly be more than okay.
    Julie Hebert

    Poems On Mother

  12. Funny Retirement Poems

  13. Retirement - Its all in how you play the game, isnít it?
    Let's see now. How will I know when I am a senior.
    Hmmmmmmm.....
    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?

    Author Unknown
    Funny Retirement Quotes

  14. Time To Cheer

    Youíve done it, you did it,

    You're finally complete.

    No more alarm clocks or early mornings,

    And schedules are obsolete.


    Now its time to do only,

    The things you love to do.

    Leave everything else at the door,

    Its time for your interests to pursue.


    So enjoy these next few days,

    Where things will feel kind of weird.

    But donít worry that will fade away quickly,

    And soon after all you will want to do is cheer!

    Julie Hebert

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

  16. An Ode to Old Age ~
    There's quite an art to falling apart as the years go by,
    And life doesn't begin at 40.
    That's a big fat lie.
    My hair's getting thinner, my body is not:
    The few teeth I have are beginning to rot.
    I smell of Vick's Vapo Rub, not Chanel #5;
    My new pacemaker's all that keeps me alive.
    When asked of my past, every detail I'll know,
    But, what was I doing 10 minutes ago?
    Well, you get the idea, what more can I say?
    I'm off to read the obituary like I do every day;
    If my names there,
    I'll once again start - perfecting the art of falling apart.
    Author Unknown

  17. As I Grow Old
    God keep my heart attuned to laughter,
    When youth is done;
    When all the days are gray days,
    coming after the warmth, the sun.
    God keep me then from bitterness, from grieving,
    When life seems cold;
    God keep me always loving and believing
    As I grow old.
    Author Unknown
    Funny Birthday Poems

  18. Here's to the one who smiles

    When life rolls along like a song,

    And here's to the one who can smile

    When everything is going dead wrong.

    Author Unknown
    Happy Birthday Quotes

  19. You are turning thirty,
    Thatís something amazing to see!
    Now you're halfway to retirement,
    Which means you're almost free!
    Julie Hebert
    Birthday Sayings

  20. I love to write poems,
    So I wrote you a few poems you see.
    But I found it hard to choose which one,
    Would express my feelings for thee.

    My poems should share my congratulations,
    And how excited I am for you.
    My poems should tell you how proud I am,
    Without the overdue.

    So here's my poem to you.
    All my poems wrapped up into one.
    Congratulations on your retirement,
    May it be filled with adventure and fun.
    Julie Hebert

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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 the poem that fits your needs.

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