The Golden Years – a Poem on the Hope for Widows website

The Golden Years

I never thought I’d be alone
In the golden years…
This stage of life we longed for
Retired from the nine to five drudge
Free to do anything we wanted.

When we looked towards the future,
we saw beaches and travel
More of this!
We said, when we took that three-week trip to Europe
Some day, we’ll have more of this.

Now “some day” is here,
But you’re not.

When we’re retired…
We’ll wander the country
Driving blue highways,
discovering more sights

We’ll be gypsies together in an SUV
Or in a caravan on the English moors
A happy old couple living out our golden years
Watching sunsets on the gulf

Fantasies and plans
Hopes and dreams

Now here I sit, alone by the fire
Recounting those dreams
And our days together

But as I reflect upon
the love we shared
And all the adventures we packed into
The two decades we had

I think those golden years
Aren’t something we missed out on
Perhaps the golden years
Were the ones I spent with you



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About the author

Katherine Billings Palmer is a technical writer, poet, and essayist from Garden City, Michigan. She’s won several academic writing awards, including first place in the University of Michigan Dearborn Critical Essay Contest for her work about poet John Donne: “‘The Sun Rising’: A Lover’s Boast.”

In 2017, Katherine’s husband, Rick, died of complications from small cell lung cancer. She wrote a series of poems and essays about her struggles to cope with her grief. I Wanted to Grow Old With You is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle editions.

Her latest book, A Widow’s Words: Grief, Reflection, Prose, and Poetry – The First Year was published in January 2019 and is also available on

Katherine is a guest blogger for the Hope for Widows Foundation and writes about her grief journey at

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