Written by Holly Isemonger and Chris Fleming
This is your form
If you make a mistake, don't 
cover it up
So, This is a form again.
Straighten your back.
Focus and start.
Don’t be sneaky.
Use only blue or black pen.
I have stencils backdating my failures
Capital letters itemise time, tide, trauma
In other words, do you have 
a green, purple or light blue pencil?
A momentous choice.
Put the pen in the bag, remove the bag, put it on,
light it up and charcoal the beast you arrived on.
Find and follow the dot.
It’s been more than 10 years now
Don't let anyone see that
your pen is older and you are not 
Sure enough, go out and buy a cheap-skate pen
choosing the right item is an important choice,
a moustache, a suit, a collar?
In the loud voice 
of men— "Can I have a pen? Is this true?"
Then go back and fill this out:
What kind of handwriting is this?
Looks like writing for the beach.
First impressions matter
You are talking
Separate and use handwriting.
I admit I blew it up.
Why do I still use that font?
If you have a wound salt water will aid the healing;
if you have a beach the tide will erase 
the whole thing.
I wish you good luck.
But Jesus, what's on the page?


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