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What Will You Do When You Retire
Kelly DeMaegd

To satisfy the curious
I happily reply
I will travel:
Shanghai, Mumbai,
Cairo, Rio de Janeiro,
swim with dolphins,
ride a camel,
raise koi, eat poi,
brew artisanal beer,
trek with reindeer.
I will fish with a spear,
practice yoga, wear a toga,
plow a crop, hop on pop.
First, and most importantly,
I will brew a cup of tea,
watch while a mourning dove
gently coos, dust bathing
beneath hydrangea blues.
© by Kelly DeMaegd.
Used with the author’s permission.


Kelly DeMaegd lives in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, with her husband, a Frisbee-crazed German Shepherd, and a herd of deer that are not too shy to eat every flower and vegetable in her garden.

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Not so elaborate did I ponder, I was prepared to leave for freedom's sake alone.
Posted 12/15/2013 06:33 PM
Kelly, I absolutely love this poem and am proud to know you personally. Keep those poems coming!!
Posted 09/04/2013 08:46 AM
Dear Girl, The world is yours Starting with that first reflective sip. alice g
Posted 09/03/2013 09:21 AM
I think "After a cup of tea, almost anything is possible" belongs on a t-shirt!
Posted 09/02/2013 02:03 PM
Can relate Kelly. I think Ross may be right. After the cup of tea, the time out, your future will unroll in surprising ways.
Posted 09/02/2013 01:48 PM
A well-made point (poetcally delightful) that everything good in life flows first from conscious connection with our inmost being and that Presence in everything around us. Enjoy your retirement!
Posted 09/02/2013 09:16 AM
Ross Kightly:
After the cup of tea, almost anything else is possible! Marvellous stuff this poem - many thanks.
Posted 09/02/2013 09:10 AM
Just retired! Can relate! loved ths poem.
Posted 09/02/2013 09:03 AM
Absolutely gorgeous, Kelly! "Hop on pop"!? Love it!
Posted 09/02/2013 08:50 AM
Love the internal rhyme. And the hydrangea blues.
Posted 09/02/2013 06:42 AM
Wilda Morris:
Sounds like a good plan. But I want to do some of the first stanza activities, too!
Posted 09/02/2013 06:41 AM

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