In Partibus Infidelium

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

Up early, in pink light
I see rock and a broken land,
the house sunk where children were born—
one of our villages, but for the language.
The people eat fish
but play at physician, a clapper
to frighten the birds
away from the corn.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 19 May 1660.

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