March 19, 2007

One Art.. by Elizabeth Bishop

One Art

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.

This particular poem caught my attention while i was watching In her shoes..starring Cameron Diaz and Toni Collette.. Elizabeth writes about losing things.. as cynical as this may sound.. we do lose something almost every day..unknown to us.. Anonymous told me that normal people dont keep track of what they've lost .. but what they've gained.. but if you are so afraid of your own history how are you going to embrace your present and future life?? be it youth,love,opportunity,time or beauty.. Losing is much as we get use to the idea of losing.. it remains as something new to us.. and for once i wish i would stop losing .. but if we dont lose and dont make wrong choices in life how on earth are we going to learn to correct them? Honesty is what I need from another party.. You might be amazed at how much I can put up with".. what say you??

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