Let’s say that I’ve retired and now I face
One long, continuous sabbatical:
What plan or regimen should I embrace
To keep myself from going slack and dull?
Although eventually I may decline
In strength of mind and body with the years,
Till then I’d aim intently to refine
My aptitudes, avoiding all such fears.
To wear out or to rust out is a choice;
To let a talent “fust in us unused”
Or find a way to give it life and voice
We must decide, not leaving it abused.
So, let this last sabbatical I’ve earned
Show how my curiosity has burned.