24 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.

Best Wishes / Poems / Retirement Poems

    May the sun shine bright on your windowpane.

  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

  2. Your New Life Begins
    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...Read more of Your New Life Begins

  3. Enjoy the slower speed

  4. A Joyous Time Indeed
    Congratulations on your retirement.
    Its a joyous time indeed.
    Say goodbye to the everyday hustle and bustle,
    And enjoy the slower speed...Continue reading A Joyous Time Indeed

  5. It's Your Time To Shine
    Do your very best,
    In everything you do,
    So when it comes time,
    You can choose whatever you want to...Read the rest of It's Your Time To Shine

  6. 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

  7. May you feel blessed everyday

  8. Hopeful Beginnings
    May your life be just starting,
    May only good find its way.
    May your thoughts be happy and joyful,
    And may you feel blessed everyday...Proceed with the reading of Hopeful Beginnings

  9. 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...Finish reading the poem Challenges Of Retirement

  10. You And To-Day
    With every rising of the sun
    Think of your life as just begun.
    The past has shrived and buried deep
    All yesterdaysó there let them sleep...Continue reading You And To-Day

  11. A Poem For Thee
    I love to write poems,
    So I wrote you a few poems you see.
    But I found it hard to choose which one,
    I would express my feelings for thee...Read more of A Poem For Thee

  12. Now Is The Time
    Some talk of happy days gone by
    My happy days are now;
    While memory brings past bright days nigh.
    This day's good we allow...Finish reading Now Is The Time

Short Retirement Poems

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

    Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books, 
	ease and alternate labour

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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. I have Today.

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

  6. 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

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

  8. Whether it's good or bad, Depends on how you take it.

  9. 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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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.

  1. Retirement Sorrows
    Retirement is not for the faint of heart,
    Once started it doesn't end.
    It hits you all at once you know,
    No more days off, it never ends...Read the remainder of Retirement Sorrows

  2. Time To Cheer
    Youíve done it, you did it,
    You're finally complete.
    No more alarm clocks or early mornings,
    And schedules are obsolete...Continue reading Time To Cheer

  3. Its all in how you play the game, isnít it?

  4. 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

  5. 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...Continue reading An Ode to Old Age

  6. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. Retirement Finale
    Retirement may be a cause or worry,
    For your family and for you.
    You've always kept so busy,
    Taking time to relax you are not use to...Continue Reading Retirement Finale

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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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