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16May

Poem of the week: Slow Waker by Thom Gunn

This portrait of a sleepy adolescent at breakfast is intensely affectionate – without ever sentimentalising youth

Slow Waker

I look at the nephew,
eighteen, across the breakfast.
He had to be called and called.
He smiles, but without
conviction. He will not
have tea, oh OK,
if it’s no trouble,
he will have tea.

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