Heart Attack

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

A great knocking in me
and I am down, I am wood.
Hopes have to be settled on shore,
but the water being almost
at low water, fear is sure.
I urge the surgeon on,
my heart heavy for not hearing my heart.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Tuesday 3 April 1660.

Cut

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

I was cut of the stone
while I live: a festival.
I am where I am.

I bless the ships with men and guns
cut for the stone,
cut in kindness.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Monday 26 March 1660.

Correspondent

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

Letters came by ox and dove, good as oysters.
After dinner I wrote a great many letters.
After that, I slept, God forgive me!
After that, I walked, talking.
After that I sat.


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 25 March 1660.