Παρασκευή, 23 Ιανουαρίου 2009

ONE ART [Elizabeth Bishop 1911-1979]



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


Loose 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 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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