One Art

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.

by Elizabeth Bishop

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失去的艺术
失去的艺术并非难以掌握
有太多的事情就算失去了
其实也没有什么
(我们)每天都会失去一些东西
接受吧!
弄丢钥匙的慌乱
虚度光阴的不安
失去的艺术并非难以掌握
那么
何不尝试更多、更快的损失
住所、名声以及你所在意的一切
去旅行
失去它们并不会带来灾难

我遗失了我妈给我的手表,还不只这样!
我最后的、在之前的,总共三栋我所热爱的房子都失去了
失去的艺术并非难以掌握
我失去了两个城市
两个很漂亮的城市
还有我曾拥有的广阔领土
两条河流、一大块土地
我很怀念
但(想通了)其实这也没什么
甚至会失去你(用我喜欢的手势与玩笑的态度说出)
我也不该说谎
很明显地,失去的艺术并非难以掌握
尽管它或许看起来会像(写下它!)是一场灾难

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