In truth, this retirement game is not all it seems When, at most, I’ve achieved just a few of my dreams But now, as my body falls apart at the seams There are no re-run vouchers which I can redeem. As my knees start to scream and my joints all crack; When every exertion spells an asthma attack I realise my life has reached that cul-de-sac, Where we can only crawl forward; there’s no turning back. When I sit at this window and stare through the glass At the pageantry of life, as it drifts slowly past I know I am grazing the last of my grass, and The end-days are coming, and they’re coming too fast. I know that, as long as I live, the sooner I will die But I’ve lived it to the fullest, I shouldn’t really cry. I have family, and friends, in contact every day, And I’ve all these mental videos I constantly replay. I may never again share a passionate kiss Or those glorious hours of hedonistic bliss, Now those times come alive when I quietly reminisce. Who knew getting old would be anything like this? This Year is the first time I’ve really felt the cold; Really chilled to the marrow, a sign of getting old. I’ve played quite a few hands, and done well, so I’m told But I’m still in the game - I’m not ready to fold. I’ve have never sat back, thinking, ‘Now it is too late’. I’ve tried everything once; left the scraps right on the plate If I didn’t even try, just who could I berate? To win a one horse race, we still must leave the gate. Although I’d love to go back, and do it all again I know that most repeat shows are ever quite the same So, there’s no point lamenting. I’m just glad to make the claim That I did all; enjoyed it - now I’m circling the drain. As my frame starts to crumble, in a ‘domino effect’, There’s far too little time, to look back in regret On what I have achieved and, what little time is left. I have to think I did right, to keep my self respect. I’m at the gateway to heaven, as some people say But, they’ve all got it wrong; those steps go the wrong way I am not nearly finished; I’m still going out to play. And as long as the sun shines, I’ll have a brilliant day!