Premonitory

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Things against my going:
the rain, a great deal of paper,
the wind in the marsh. Oy.
I chose the saddest color
for a melancholy mother
and had a fear I should see
my house full of swords.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 20 March 1659/60.

Landsman

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I bade adieu to a rose,
gave paper to a paper,
drank farewell and drank to one
that would have a place at sea—a seal
who had a great desire to go to sea—
and I went home and sat there
talking old, playing old
till it was time to go lay
in a fine urn.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 17 March 1659/60.

Waterbound

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Troubled with abundance of sea,
land going to water,

I rent a raft and eat tongue,
a fat joy in the chapel Chance.

I study how this day dissolved
without fire, sad in mind.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Friday 16 March 1659/60.

Cabbage Mind

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O infinity of papers, give a piece of me
to the surgeon, to soldiers, to the town
where I seem a dull heavy man.
I had a mind to some cabbage,
I sent for some and had it.
A strange thing how I am
already in the book
of rain and night.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 14 March 1659/60.

Pepys Noir

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Rain.
I got up early.

I was deputy to trouble;
I could not talk.

A place other
than the void tonight?

I go out without
any qualification.

Doubt will be
the end of me.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 13 March 1659/60.