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this page is not blank
despite the intentions

random smudges remain
captured in ridges
too small to notice
to anyone other than me

there was something
written here on this sheet
long before today

how long it remained
or why it was put there
no one could tell you now

despite all the efforts
anyone could tell

an eraser can only do so much

the grooves are still there
when the graphite's removed

if you search long enough
you'll find them
the imprint will never fade

they're no longer legible
and can't be understood
since it no longer looks the same
with clarity and substance erased

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