The Decider

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

My character was the commander.
Me? A little man in the fleet afternoon
finishing the alphabet up with W.
How I err to be.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 25 April 1660.

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    1. As I’m sure you’ve heard, they just dedicated an entire library to him. I haven’t heard whether it contains a copy of My Pet Goat.


  1. Decider: that which informs our decisions, a thing which causes to us decide.


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