Husband gone, married another
Children reared, no need to mother
Retirement, the long sought rest
No work to do! How I am blessed!
I swim, dine , paint and bowl.
So why this turmoil in my soul?
At last there’s time for having fun.
Doing things I’d never done
So why the turmoil in my breast
The thumping heart in my chest
Sleepless nights, days unending
One day gone ; another pending.
What will tomorrow bring?
The usual boring routine thing.
That won’t give me happiness
So back to work I go, I guess.
Perhaps China, Japan, Korea.
Hey! That is a great idea.
Leave the old life far behind.
I’m on my way, new course to find.
Hope , excitement , brand new me
My journey’s end I cannot see.
I wrote this poem one year after retirement at
a time when I had to find a new me and
just before going to Korea to teach. The experience abroad was
worthwhile and gave me a new perspective. Now I am perfectly
content being with my family and friends.