erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

[I paid to free from a dinner dish
two dozen larks, a great company,
and all were merry.
They drank a bottle of wine, fell down,
and ate from my hand.]

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Thursday 26 January 1659/60.

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  1. The first two lines are particularly inspired, I think. The four-and-twenty blackbirds come to mind.


    1. Thanks. Yeah, I guess that was inevitable. But I was just so shocked to learn that eating larks was commonplace in Pepys’ day.


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