Boy Sleeping


Don't wake him. Let him sleep a little longer.
Give him another hour. Breakfast will keep.
He will be hungry but for now his hunger
And food are less to him than bed and sleep.

Waking can be almost as slow as birth is–
A boy his age–and Sunday morning. Let
Him be slow and sleep, as slow as April earth is,
And after all he's only April yet.


Robert Francis, Robert Francis: Collected Poems, 1936-1976, University of Massachusetts Press, 1985.