The Muffin Man

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

I rose early to barber
the moss of the wood,
took a house
in Drury Lane
and ate toasted cakes
which were very crisp.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 18 March 1659/60.

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    1. Thank you. Yes, sometimes the best closing lines are the ones I least expect to work.


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