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“The Art of Losing Isn’t Hard to Master”

-The Art of Losing Isn't Hard to Master-

 

My soul begs forgiveness from her pastor.
Lips wrap around the words, glass-empty eyes
stare through church walls laced with cracks and plaster.

Each hand will fall away, each heart
has left me to decipher truth from lies.
My soul begs forgiveness from her pastor.

Memory, and pictures too, wilt like dying aster,
that powdered death-scent lingers while I eulogize
and disguise my cracks with a coating of fresh plaster.

Love, in dying, doesn’t always seek hereafter;
and I didn’t love so much as fraternize,
so my heart begs forgiveness from her pastor.

The art of losing isn’t hard to master
or so goes the lady Bishop reprise
I recite with each trowel stroke, laying on the plaster.

No fruit from the hours of prayer I muster
will end my penance – this I realize.
So my heart begs forgiveness from her pastor,
and daily, covers up her cracks with coats of plaster.


 

Title and italicized line from “One Art” by Elizabeth Bishop
Header image credit Compfight stock photos, Creative Commons use

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Monica Deck
Monica Deck is a writer in love with memoir and poetry. As a stay-at-home mother of a tiny human, her previously productive blog has been overshadowed by bottles and stuffed animals and the search for AWOL pacifiers. She hopes to remedy that in the near future. When not otherwise occupied with chasing baby, she enjoys baking, archery, and researching nuclear disasters. She would love to live in a world where cookies are both currency and medical panacea; a world where genetic mutation is a cool thing, like the X-Men, instead of a global health concern. Whilst she hatches more ideas for her first book, you can find her blogging over at Threshold Guardians Are My Whole Life, and writing cultural opinion essays for The Havok Journal.
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Monica Deck is a writer in love with memoir and poetry. As a stay-at-home mother of a tiny human, her previously productive blog has been overshadowed by bottles and stuffed animals and the search for AWOL pacifiers. She hopes to remedy that in the near future.

When not otherwise occupied with chasing baby, she enjoys baking, archery, and researching nuclear disasters. She would love to live in a world where cookies are both currency and medical panacea; a world where genetic mutation is a cool thing, like the X-Men, instead of a global health concern.

Whilst she hatches more ideas for her first book, you can find her blogging over at Threshold Guardians Are My Whole Life, and writing cultural opinion essays for The Havok Journal.

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