Ash Wednesday

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

Ash overtook me, all joy
only a seed on the wind.
I went to the alley and bought a cat
and a good piece of cheese, I wonder why.
As if it is better to be here
than anywhere else.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 7 March 1659/60.

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  1. Yeah, I like the cat & cheese too.

    Well, Dave, you’ve inspired me to give this a go. I even tried it with one of my creative writing classes.


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