The Art of Losing


She mastered the art of losing;
she was accomplished
at forgetting.


She lost things,
then places,
then names,
then words,
then faces.


And finally she lost her mind.


She forget who she was;
the memories of her past
erased by her illness.


It was a talent she didn't
intend to practice
but performed daily.


Some days she excelled
at her skill;
other days lucidity
clouded her performance.


But slowly she improved
until each day
she was a different character
acting out a new life.


She mastered the art of losing,
or perhaps the art of losing
mastered her.

Author's Notes/Comments: 

Inspired by: "One Art" by Elizabeth Bishop
Dedicated to my grandmother who suffered from Alzheimer's Disease

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