by Elizabeth Bishop
One Art Transience Quotes
How we cite our quotes: (stanza.line)
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster. (1.2-3)
The implication here is that many things are destined to be lost, and even actively will their own loss; the speaker isn’t in control of what comes and goes in her life.
Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent. (2.4-5)
This odd command suggests that loss is a permanent state of unsettledness, and that only by accepting its inevitability can we learn to cope with it.