erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

The king is naked and mad,
the queen wagers the whole world
on heaven—a strange country.
I hide in a wagon
with one horse.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Thursday 17 May 1660.

Posted in

Dave Bonta (bio) crowd-sources his problems by following his gut, which he shares with 100 trillion of his closest microbial friends — a close-knit, symbiotic community comprising several thousand species of bacteria, fungi, and protozoa. In a similarly collaborative fashion, all of Dave’s writing is available for reuse and creative remix under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License. For attribution in printed material, his name (Dave Bonta) will suffice, but for web use, please link back to the original. Contact him for permission to waive the “share alike” provision (e.g. for use in a conventionally copyrighted work).


      1. Then I’ll do some more. I’m at the gallop at the moment as it’s a bare week to the Soldier’s Tale rehearsals with Mid Wales Chamber Orchestra. Once that performance is out of the way I’ll see what other erasure poems at Via Negativa might be laid out with my existing stack of letters.


        1. Yes, I very much regret I won’t be in the UK in time to see that performance! I’m sure it will be brilliant.


  1. PS. Feel free to use the image here if you want to!



Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.