Monday, April 06, 2009

One Art

By 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 Comments:

At 6 April 2009 at 12:52, Blogger laurie said...

i'm enjoying these.
you pick interesting poems. i'm also getting alfred a. knpof's 'poem a day.' this is fun.

 
At 6 April 2009 at 14:04, Blogger -Ann said...

Hi Laurie - Glad you're enjoying them. :) I'll have to look into poem-a-day.

 
At 6 April 2009 at 14:27, Blogger Kaycie said...

I like this one, too. My daughter's high school is celebrating poetry month, too. She came home quoting Countee Cullen, one of my high school favorites.

I know you're not officially blogging, but there is a video of my dogs with our new puppy on my blog. Don't feel the need to comment, but go watch. I think you'll enjoy it.

 

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