Libri,  Riflessioni personali

“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.

Elizabet Bishop (1911-1979)

… così, dopo un’estate trascorsa ad imparare invano l’arte di perdere.

Specialista in Nullafacenza e critica ai Massimi Sistemi Inesistenti, maestra di Gattopardismo italiano nonché Essere in cui Accidia ed Ignavia si concentrano con rara perfezione e comunione, Asaka scrive mentre il dottor R, tra un amaretto al pistacchio e una caramella alla liquirizia, arrotonda lo stipendio come centralinista del 15** e tormenta il proprio cuscino (il quale ne è certamente contrariato).

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