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POEM: One Art by Elizabeth Bishop (#6 for National Poetry Month in Canada and the US)


  Was almost tempted to post Still I Rise, but since I'm trying to post poems that are new, or relatively so, to me I studied the poems around that in one of my newest purchases, a Poetry Please anthology of popular poems in the programmes history. 

  This one caught my eye; especially after a proper reading. 

  Dedicated to all Xander and William/Spike fans. 


  

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.

Elizabeth Bishop, “One Art” from The Complete Poems 1926-1979. Copyright © 1979, 1983 by Alice Helen Methfessel. Reprinted with the permission of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, LLC.

Source: The Complete Poems 1926-1979 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1983)


   May the Goddess watch over us all, 
  
   

   Kerk TehKek 


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