Haiku Challenge for Sept. 8: ‘Retire’

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Today’s haiku challenge:

My style is the five/seven/five syllable structure. Here are my 10 haiku poems:

Here is a secret:
depression never retires.
An open secret.

I need to retire
my memory of us, you —
but still not ready.

retire me — nothing
left to give, running on fumes.
a husk of a void.

the heart never gets
to retire, always beating
until one day not.

When I retire, I
will spend my days reading books —
all the ones I missed.

When I retire, I
wonder if my manic brain
will retire also.

When I retire, I
want to never stop writing —
the pen won’t run dry.

When I retire, I
hope to see more of the world
beyond my own head.

The bee only seems
to retire when losing its
stinger — a sad fate.

The lion retires
when his mane begins to gray,
and his feet grow tired.

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