The Art of Losing...

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Sunset and Goodbyes

I came across the poem "One Art" the other day and found it touching.

One Art

By 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.

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.


Loss is not easy, especially that of a loved one. Over the course of life I've discovered a way that helps me abide the unexpected, needless and inevitable losses: to not hold on too tightly to anything or anyone no matter how precious, and with a little faith humbly let go, believing that by the grace of God even loss can serve great purposes - most astounding to me being the transformation of one's heart.

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