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Poetry Friday: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

October 21st, 2011 (07:37 am)
cold

Current Mood: cold
Current Song: In My Veins by Andrew Belle featuring Erin McCarley

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.

- One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

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Comments

Posted by: the three of clubs (heatherbird)
Posted at: October 21st, 2011 02:46 am (UTC)

One of my all-time favorites. This poem is one of the rocks I can always find to hold onto when life becomes a tempest.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 21st, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)

Can you believe I was not familiar with it before now?

Posted by: the three of clubs (heatherbird)
Posted at: October 21st, 2011 03:47 am (UTC)

We studied it in one of my college poetry classes and I fell in love. I have a "the art of losing" tag on my LJ.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: October 21st, 2011 12:57 pm (UTC)

Excellent.

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