2nd Best Art, a poem written by Laurie L Byro at Spillwords.com
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2nd Best Art

2nd Best Art

written by: Laurie L Byro


(Truce Zeus: Pandora Speaks Out of the Box after she is captured, contained, and corked)

With apologies to Elizabeth Bishop


The art of losing isn’t hard to master;
I battled his control with never an intent
to bring the world such a disaster.

He tried to silence women, all he could muster,
Of loses far and wide, his powers badly spent.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I’ll practice knitting booties, sweeping faster;
Gourmet meals, a tongue used as it is meant
for giving rapture. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost mere mortals and look! My last lover,
Next-to-last, and three handsome servants went.
The art of losing isn’t hard to master.

I lost two mansions, French chateaux one vaster,
than the next, a double-wide, a continent.
Mopping, scrubbing, dusting? No! It wasn’t a disaster.

–Losing you, hurrah! (the posturing, a gesture
I hate) I can’t endure the lecturing, the punishment.
The art of losing to a spiteful Lord and Master
Though History may (Write it!) like disaster.

Laurie L Byro

Laurie L Byro

Laurie Byro has had 7 collections of poetry published, most recently Hopeless Romance (Cholla Needles Arts) and D'eux & Other Sorrows (Cowboy Buddha Press). Two collections had work that received a New Jersey Poetry Prize. Her poetry has received 60 Interboard Competition honors including 13 First Place awards as judged. By 2020, she was nominated for a dozen Pushcart Prizes and she facilitates Circle of Voices in NJ Libraries for the last 23 years.
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