MJT lunch

The Retired Husband

has been heard to say

(several times forsooth and YAY !! )

‘I don’t truly know how I ever had the time

to work!!’

A quantum leap of faith has left behind

the superstitious dreads

and fears

of no work, no pay, no money, nothing to do.

He has jumped off the cliff’s edge

into the arms of retired life.

YAY !!!!


How, you may well wonder,

has he achieved this mindboggling feat ?

I can but assume

there has been an inner shift of sorts.

Someone has taken a spanner

to the cogs that control his thinking

turned them ‘off’ for work,

‘on’ for retirement.

YAY !!!


Helped along the way by some

monumental changes

like the sale of his business – YAY !!

the sale of his working ute – YAY !!

the impending purchase of a new ‘leisure ute’

(mini yay…)


Sleeping in, sleeping on,

sleeping between sleepings



© Raili Tanska

Written in response to Lady Calen’s Sandbox Challenge on  Superstition

23 thoughts on “FAIR DINKUM RETIRED

    1. Oh dear, it’s the Aussie slang words that creep into my posts. It’s a utility truck, I think that’s what it’s called. A car with a cabin and an open tray.

      1. Okay, I think I understand. Also, if you don’t mind–can you try to sound your America phonetically ? Is it rail-i with a long I (like the I says its name) or does it sound like an ‘e.’ Like rai-lee? Just curious

      2. My name is Finnish (as am I). The words are sounded phonetically with an emphasis on the first syllable – if I were to spell the pronunciation it would be:
        R EYE Li (the i being pronounced the same as the ‘ i’ in the word in.) The R is a rolled one – same as in german. Hope that makes sense 🙂

      3. I’ll try to check that out. Thank you! It seems easier rondo on computer instead of iPhone. Don’t you have to copy and paste something, maybe? I couldn’t get it on my phone. But I’ll look into this link

  1. That poem’s a little gem! It captures the shift so necessary to enjoy “retirement”. Which is a funny word, because many “retired” people are out there being busier than they’ve ever been, and anything but retiring!

  2. Wonderful post, Raili! And congrats on the full on retirement (of course we all know, WE – the wives- never get to retire). We’ve been doing the retirement dance for 13 years! It takes getting used to, but it’s really great when we don’t have to deal with life outside of our retirement cave. We just play. Life is good. Enjoy!


      1. Playing together happens in many ways. When we eat, we do so in front of the television (with our beloved Cappie, the sock monkey) and afterward, we literally play “The Object Game,” which is asking each other about something that we noticed in the show. Then there’s the fact that we both play My Singing Monsters, and thus have someone we can talk with about all the fun stuff we’re learning. 🙂 So many other play times pop up (puzzle night), and all the word, and guessing games we through at each other. Sometimes, when we’ve gotten a gift for the other, we send them on a treasure hunt to find it.

  3. Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone 4! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the great work!

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