One Art

Photograph by Cayton Heath via Unsplash

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…

—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” (excerpt)

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