A Teacher Reflects on Her Retirement - a Poem

mcherwood By mcherwood, 14th Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Although a retired teacher misses her students and her former routine, the future holds so much more to be thankful for. One teacher reflects happily upon what awaits her.

A Teacher Reflects on Her Retirement - a Poem

I wake to the peace of a warm, summer dawn
Eager to open the gift of my day,
But I lie for a moment, reflecting upon
The ways I might spend this gold coin in my stay.

A leisurely morning, no rush to get dressed,
I look at the paper, turn on the TV.
The hours pass swiftly, no longer stressed
By deadlines and phone calls and people to see.

Instead I might ponder that travel brochure
Or spend some time surfing the Internet.
A walk to the mailbox may be just the cure;
If I choose to do nothing, no one will object.

My students have long since forgotten my word,
Another has taken them under her wing.
New furniture stands in my room, so I've heard;
I shall not be present to hear that bell ring.

And so, I stand watch as my new life enfolds;
Books to read, walks to take, lunches to share.
The future is filled with good things, I am told;
May gratitude pour from my heart, is my prayer.


Bell, Books To Read, Do Nothing, Gift, Gold Coin, Good Things, Gratitude, Internet, Mailbox, Paper, Prayer, Travel Brochure, Walks To Take

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author avatar mcherwood
I am a retired teacher/ administrator for the Buffalo School System. I hold a Ph.D. in Educational Administration.
I write book reviews, film reviews plus a large variety of topics.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Jun 2013 (#)

A prayer filled with gratitude and hope. I would say you are blessed unlike me living in a city where retirement does not bring a smooth ride away from the hustle and bustle - siva

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
15th Jun 2013 (#)

I agree with you that now you can be stress free and do those things which will give you great pleasure at your leisure . Heavenly . Enjoy your retirement .
God bless you

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author avatar Miss Dance
24th Jun 2013 (#)

Nice poem, and really well written! But I don't think your students have forgotten you or what you taught them - I remember all my school and dance teachers, and each one taught me something that I'll probably remember for the rest of my life!

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