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So, you want to write me out of your life?
Your narrative version does not match mine.
I am not a character who is in search
of an author; I can write my own script.
I can type my own face, printer’s devil.
All those complicating events by now
should have been resolved through denouement,
but you seem to be a Titivillus,*
somehow willing me to make an error:
to blot my copybook. Your fingertips,
indelible, are smudged over my life.
I will not allow you to typecast me.
There are omissions in my manuscript.
I admit my lead type is worn, broken.
My reprographic days are over, fading.
You want to throw me into a hellbox,
but I have submitted to my meltdown.
I am trusting that I can be re-cast
in a different matrix, my mould unlocked.
You pour your molten fury into me.
When I have cooled, I will compose anew-
over and over and over again.
Fonts of matrices will bless my re-birth
on a tabula rasa, my clean sheet.
You can still strike glyphs by your letter punch;
and you try to roll me out on wet clay.
Frankly, that’s a little out-of-date; a little crude,
your published version of me obsolete.
Your Phaistos Disc** no longer convinces.
in fact, it has been deemed a forgery.
Its insufficient context defies one
to make a meaningful analysis.
I have more letters in my alphabet,
so do not need your smoke proofs.
My type-height has grown with my confidence.
The new print run publishes my version.
It’s the First edition- not ghost-written.
You don’t know my type and you never will.
Love resided in the led, not false gold.
With tin and antimony it can move
to tears, rather than turning weaponry.
*Titivillus- a demon who worked on behalf of Satan,
introducing errors into the work of scribes. He
presented his master with a bag of failings and typos
at the end of each day.
**Phaistos Disc- a Minoan spiral of stamped symbols,
thought to be a logography.