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Forty Winks

Sharing Stories

Ray and June

FORTY WINKS

The nicest thing for any chap…

an afternoon relaxing nap.

Postpone the mowing of the lawn

and yield to that perpetual yawn.

Just find a sofa and recline

in summer, fall or any clime.

To snuggle down for forty winks,

a nap relieves headaches and kinks.

Sleeping keeps you strong and healthy

whether broke or very wealthy.

Nap on the job and you get fired.

Nap all you want when you retire.

Ray Gerring is a long-time resident of Seattle and Shoreline, Washington retired college instructor-administrator, former professional graphic designer and art director, fine-art painter, ballroom dance teacher, swing dance champion, world traveler, published author, happily married to June, his wife and sweetheart.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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