Stranger

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

[“Tell me, stranger,
what love should be called.”
The stranger preached the whole book
then went into court.
A drum came by, beating
a strange manner of beat—
now and then a single stroke.
I wondered at what I saw
but did not speak.]


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Sunday 5 February 1659/60.

Hanging jack

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

[My lute an office
where I expect to walk.

I found a stone in mourning
for the temple.

Bread and butter were discoursing
of the great eater.

I remember a hanging jack
to roast birds—that heat.

I played a while on my lute
and could not kill anything.]


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 4 February 1659/60.

Water men

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

[All in town go by water
and talk with the water, desire
to be water: a dress of ten thousand hands.
The water received the water
and they made a great deal of joy to see one another.
I left off my great skirt
and went to sell a horse
for a dish of herrings.]


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Thursday 2 February 1659/60.

Downer

holloway overhung with ancient trees n Cornwall

erasure of a page from Samuel Pepys' diary

[The old man brought porridge and nothing else.
The swan, in little hopes about down,
got £60 for her neck and lodgings in the field
and would not give bedding like a fool.]


Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Wednesday 1 February 1659/60.