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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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