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Retired Husband
Penelope Scambly Schott


Quick. He’s gone
to his club
or his volunteer work
or the local hardware store.
Double quick.
Rush to my desk.
Scribble this down.
Like back when my sweet babies napped.

© by Penelope Scambly Schott.
Used with the author’s permission.


Penelope Scambly Schott has sold cosmetics, made doughnuts, written scripts, worked as a home health aide, posed as an artist’s model, taught literature and creative writing, and written quite a few books.
She lives in Portland and Dufur, Oregon, where she teaches an annual poetry workshop. Learn more about Penelope at



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Wilda Morris:
Love it! My husband just retired in January so I can attest to your wisdom.
Posted 04/08/2020 05:28 PM
So SO true - especially now that we are self-isolating together.
Posted 04/08/2020 05:15 PM
Ha ha! or, as I used to say, For better or for worse but not for lunch.
Posted 04/08/2020 04:59 PM
That's it exactly.
Posted 04/08/2020 02:21 PM
Sarah Russell:
So good! Smiling here.
Posted 04/08/2020 11:35 AM
michael escoubas:
I hear you, Pen! The most productive work time happens when we men get out of the way! Well done.
Posted 04/08/2020 09:14 AM
So direct and unambiguous. Brevity, yes.
Posted 04/08/2020 09:14 AM
A life experience captured in so few words -- so true. I am going to save this poem. Thank you.
Posted 04/08/2020 06:52 AM

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