The Pen is Mightier

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

I dispatch a colonel with a pen,
no treaty to commend him.
How quiet he is!
I dine on a great oar, pay
their servant to row
and rest my mouth.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 4 April 1660.

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