The Hug by Thom Gunn
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It was your birthday, we had drunk and dined    Half of the night with our old friend
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The Hug by Thom Gunn

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It was your birthday, we had drunk and dined

   Half of the night with our old friend

     Who'd showed us in the end

   To a bed I reached in one drunk stride.

   Already I lay snug,

And drowsy with the wine dozed on one side.

I dozed, I slept. My sleep broke on a hug,

   Suddenly, from behind,

In which the full lengths of our bodies pressed:

   Your instep to my heel,

  My shoulder-blades against your chest.

  It was not sex, but I could feel

   The whole strength of your body set,

     Or braced, to mine,

   And locking me to you

   As if we were still twenty-two

  When our grand passion had not yet

    Become familial.

  My quick sleep had deleted all

  Of intervening time and place.

    I only knew

The stay of your secure firm dry embrace.

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