November 27, 2009

One Art – Elizabeth Bishop

One Art – Elizabeth Bishop

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

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of los
t 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 beloved 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!) a disaster

COMMENTS

One Response to “One Art – Elizabeth Bishop”
  1. Jane Greening

    Lovely