Retirement Checklist

collection of stuff

What is a list poem? This poetry style is a collection of people, places, things, ideas, or even words strung together somewhere within a poem to form a list. It is not necessary for the list to rhythm, but the words used should be memorable. I find the freedom when creating a list poem fascinating. The wordplay can be wild and free similar to Indiana weather in the early spring. Therefore, in March, I plan to write a series of list poems. I will title this one Retirement Checklist.

Retirement Checklist

Firstly, watch them close until you know

They are about to force you to go.

Secondly, you need to contact HR

Check on what your benefits

And find out what they are.

Thirdly, find out the company you worked for

because of the retirement pension

Had somehow failed to mention

It won’t cover the bare necessities

Like food and housing and medical insurance.

Fourthly, apply for your 401k

You’ll be taxed to death

But it would be best if you got paid

Fifthly, place a call to social security

Where you find out your health insurance isn’t free

Sixthly, now that you’ve discovered

Your monthly payment is whittled down to nothing

They tell you to purchase drug coverage

Isn’t that touching

Seventhly, discover one of your vital medications

Cost more than the monthly mortgage on your house.

And by the way sis I mention it won’t be covered

Under the new plan you’ve just discovered

Eighthly, lay awake at night and toss and turn

Doubting your every decision

When will you ever learn?

The cheater’s hand is on their side.

Ninthly, hear that the plan you picked

Has a deductible

Figure out the only survival trick

Is for you to never get sick

Tenthly, it’s time to walk away

Realizing you’ll survive another day

Knowing the system isn’t fair

Society doesn’t real care

That old people still want to live and aren’t a social disease

And it’s a shame when the can’t even afford to sneeze.

Who is Molly Shea?

Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh.  To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.

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I am the author of Saving the Hen House. I didn't know when I started it would turn into a series. I love to ride motorcycles, the blues, my family, and going on adventures. This old hen rocks.

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