Slowing down

To the office, where upon Mr. Kinaston’s coming to me about some business of Colonell Norwoods, I sent my boy home for some papers, where, he staying longer than I would have him, and being vexed at the business and to be kept from my fellows in the office longer than was fit, I become angry, and boxed my boy when he came, that I do hurt my thumb so much, that I was not able to stir all the day after, and in great pain. At noon to dinner, and then to the office again, late, and so to supper and to bed.

out in woods I stay
longer than ice
longer than hurt
not able to stir all afternoon


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 20 January 1666.

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