who to trust or listen to
where to consult
prisoners whisper publicly
like water in the night

after: “ Covert ” – Via Negativa|Erasure poem fashioned from The Diary of Samuel Pepys

Erasure poem derived from The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Saturday 23 September 1665.

Alone –
how far might trust value
of it being a good way to get money
it being easier to keepe
when it is too late.
I offer the disposing
and supporting of the fleete
and for the sicke men and prisoners;
an order, drawn up and signed by my Lord.
I refer what inconveniences may arise from it
but posses much to my advantage;
I believe the satisfaction of my brethren.
I leave by water
and I carry along to-night 1801
hoping to lay out
a great deal more.
And so to my Lord, mighty merry
in the face of all.


Hell’s Angel or Heaven’s Devil?
By stealth of night, in the darkest hours, or by sun’s brilliance, The Mistresse Is.
Death? Longing? Desire? Lust? Prowler? Predator? Yearning?
Prayed upon. Called forth. Brought down. Lifted up.
She Is.
And yet, she is the unnameable on the tongue’s tipping of scales.

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