On Rising Late


Late Clock

When I was a teenager

I couldn’t sleep enough,

Rising on Saturdays

About noon

If not


My idea was that I got up

At 6:30 to go to school

All week and at 7:30

On Sundays

So I figured

I had to make up for

Lost sleep.

I woke up at 5:30 for

Thirty-two years

To go to work

And now that I’ve been

Retired for nearly

Fourteen years

I’m sleeping late

Again, riding at

Nine. I figure

I’ve earned that

And it feels so good

To lie abed

And know

I don’t have to get up

Any time soon.

It’s about the best thing

About retirement.


Dan Verner

April 8, 2017

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