on losing things

I lost my apartment key yesterday. It slipped off of what used to be a very cool keyring. Cool, of course, until I kept losing keys off of it. Aesthetically, it was nice but for practical purposes, it failed. A lesson in usability, for sure. I'm sad because my robot slipped off as well. I found a website that sells more though, so I ordered one. And in thinking about losing and replacing things I keep thinking about Elizabeth Bishop's "One Art."

One Art by Elizabeth Bishop

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.

Sadly, I fear, I have perfected the art of losing.