Salaryman

Up by five o’clock, and put things in my house in order to be laid up, against my workmen come on Monday to take down the top of my house, which trouble I must go through now, but it troubles me much to think of it. So to my office, where till noon we sat, and then I to dinner and to the office all the afternoon with much business. At night with Cooper at arithmetique, and then came Mr. Creed about my Lord’s accounts to even them, and he gone I to supper and to bed.

I lock my use up in work
to own the top troubles.
Think of my office:
an all-afternoon coop.
I count to go to bed.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 12 July 1662.

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