Published in Memories and Other Verses, June 1991.


Paul had to suffer his thorn of flesh,
Some Christians, one or more;
Mine causes me embarrassment,
As a matter of fact, I snore!

I like to go to the country,
And visit grandchildren I adore,
But they deflate me when they shout,
"Nana made a big snore!"

When I travel, I book share basis,
I cannot afford anymore,
My companion shakes me at midnight,
"Wake up, my dear, you snore!"

I was told "You must suffer this thorn of flesh,
Lean on God, He will sustain thee.
The trouble is this, 'tis not I who needs strength,
But: the others who doss down beside me