Two poems for Valentines

The art of Losing

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.

Elizabeth Bishop


I Carry your Heart

I carry your heart with me (Icarry it in
my heart) I am never without it (anywhere
I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing,my darling)
                                    I fear
no fate (for you are my fate,my sweet)I want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it’s you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that’s keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (I carry it in my heart)

EE Cummings

I write a bit of poetry now and then, but they are just ditties in comparison to these!

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8 Responses to Two poems for Valentines

  1. Bob says:

    very nice, i wonder if after greg\’s comment on my space if I should send him this? hmmmmmmmmmaybe tomorrow.

  2. Mandy says:

    LOL BOb which one?????

  3. Bob says:

    i think the second one would be most fitting

  4. Mandy says:

    LOL I\’m sure he\’d appreciate that Bob………. Hey dude….. chill!

  5. Mandy says:

    My god in my head I said that with an American accent but reading it back it sounds soooo shit!

  6. Bob says:

    ok i sent it a day early. im chill\’n in time out, right over here?>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  7. Cassie says:

    It is interesting to contemplate that this whole Valentine\’s Day thing got its start because people in the Middle Ages believed that February 14th was when birds began to get horny for each other. Geoffrey Chaucer (the Canterbury Tales guy) wrote "For this was sent on Seynt (Saint) Valentyne\’s (yea, well this one is obvious)day Whan every foul (fowl) cometh ther to choose his mate. So none of the three martyred Saints of that name of which the Roman Catholic Church has record really have any more to do with it than Al Capone (who had different approach to celebrating the day). It\’s just a coincidence between a popular misconception about our avian amici and a Catholic Feast Day.—but that\’s tradition for you.

  8. Happy says:

    Good Morning Mandxx. Happy Valentine\’s Day. I did not know first poem, lovely ache of lost love. ee cummings is so beautiful. Thank-you for posting these word artists. Have lovely day.

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