One Art

Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster.

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother’s watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three loved houses went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn’t a disaster.

–Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan’t have lied. It’s evident
the art of losing’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

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3 thoughts on “One Art

  1. I start with a smile and a little laugh but not out loud. I would love to make a comment that would read like a poem. Read yours twice now. I’m still trying to find my gift. One I know I have is to encourage. One word for you hope you can except and hope it has the Right impact. Keep up the good work. “BEAUTIFUL”

    • Oh lol your not Elizabeth Bishop. I am so new to this blog stuff. I can’t even figure out how to change my photo. I figure it can’t be done on just the iPhone. Well you whoever you are keep up the Good work. Be real and trust God.

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