erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

High, I desire
the writ of the Lord,
answer a judge
with three pints of wine
and take by mistake for supper
a hand with strawberry on it.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 21 March 1659/60.

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  1. How on earth do you manage to be so surreal and still sound like Pepys? Wonderful stuff.


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