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This poem is ‘Comeclose and Sleepnow’ by Roger McGough.

The poet actually visited my school when I was about ten or eleven years old (maybe twelve?). We were all gathered for a special Assembly, and he read some of his poems to us.


The paper on which I scrawled this is an A4 sheet of wide-ruled (8mm) 70gsm paper from a ‘WH Smith’ refill pad;

The ink is Ecclesiastical Stationery Supplies Registrars’ Ink (aka ESSRI);

The pen is my 1960s English Parker Duofold Junior.
No width-grade is marked for its nib. I estimate it to be a ‘vintage’ ‘M’ - i.e. similar to a modern ‘F’.


The more that I use this pen with this ink, the more that I like it 😊

That said, I have not yet tried to clean it out. Attempting to do that may perhaps change my opinion.
I hope that it doesn’t 🤞

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  • Taken with Apple iPad Pro
  • Focal Length 3.3 mm
  • Exposure Time 1/228
  • f Aperture f/2.4
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