Of Ships and Bottles

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

A bottle in a ship in a boat:
what arms and flags?
Silk clothes, a rich
noise of fiddlers.
What will be the entertainment?
Jurates of the town
and the vice-admiral.
Where to drink?
In the lost ship,
in bed in my cabin,
where I gave the bottle
a merry good night.

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Monday 7 May 1660.

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