Mr. P.’s poetry

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

I walk in fields broad and common,
journey one inch,
stand in church till dark.
Then wine, two bottles; a rose and no wit.
Let my pitiful verses get a laugh.
My folly has friends, I note.
I play the fool.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 26 February 1659/60.

Posted in

Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).


  1. Fooling with time and space, church, wine, inspiration, and fooldom all makes this more unified than I expect from an erasure!


    1. That’s good to hear — especially from someone as versed in the ways of literary fooldom as you are.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.