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 beloved 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!) a disaster.

photos from Abless photostream
words by Elizabeth Bishop


noir said...

oh lovely photos! especially the first one

[LA] said...


The header of your blog is sooo beautiful, love that pic.

its sophisticated said...

OMg I love your header i love ur blog
i love u

just perfect

love Lars ♥

itchy said...

great pictures you got on your blog. love it

The AstroCat said...

lOVE all the photos :)