The Art of Losing

Boston Landscape PainterThe curious thing about losing is that it’s indiscriminate. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you are – “The art of losing ” is something everyone can master. You can be a teenager who has lost their self-confidence, a mother who has lost her husband. It doesn’t matter what country you are from, who you are fighting for – or who you are fighting against, everyone experiences loss.

Elizabeth Bishop (1911-1979) wrote a poem, “One Art “. I connected with this poem recently. I had read it once or twice before – but a few days ago I read it again, and it really struck home with me. It’s about, “the art of losing”.

I tend to like to have a conversation about a poem in person, that way we can both discuss how the poem first hit us, and how it hits us again each time we read it. I don’t want to staple my feelings onto the front of this poem before you’ve read the poem yourself. So now, you may want to read “one art” below, so we can continue this discussion.

“One Art”
by Elizabeth Bishop

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. Continue reading The Art of Losing