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Arlene Weiner: Another Art

The art of losing isn’t hard to master –Elizabeth Bishop

The art of tossing is another thing.
I’m trying, really trying, to get clear.
So many objects seem to want to cling: 

this antique toy that has a little ding,
the Pinewood Derby trophy—both so dear,
the art of tossing is another thing.

Put it on eBay, ka-ching, ka-ching—
keep nothing but the things that give you cheer.
But so many objects seem to want to cling

I’m very much afraid I’m weakening.
It’s Fear of Missing Out, yes, fear
makes art of tossing yet another thing.

Here are some unread books—how can I fling 
them out? Here, wedding gifts adhere
so! Many objects seem to want to cling.

At least I don’t save ticket stubs or string!
I’ll just look at these photos, have a beer—
and as for tossing—not another thing!
Too many objects seem to want to cling.

Copyright 2022 Arlene Weiner

Arlene Weiner’s books include More (Ragged Sky, 2022). She lives in Pittsburgh.

image source: Dallas Morning News

9 comments on “Arlene Weiner: Another Art

  1. Lisa Zimmerman
    March 10, 2023

    True. *sigh*


  2. Mike Schneider
    March 8, 2023

    Arlene’s wit & penchant for satire aligns with formal mastery of the Villanelle, taking on the famous one she quotes from as her epigraph. Craftily, artfully done, indeed! Best for me is the animated, creepy objects: “They want to cling.” Don’t sell the movie rights unless John Williams is on-board for the score.


  3. Rosemerry
    March 8, 2023

    fabulous play!


  4. Leo
    March 8, 2023

    Seems to me, it is the attached memories that we value, or obsess over, which we fear losing if the object is loss or tossed.


    • Vox Populi
      March 8, 2023

      Good point, Leo. I’ll have to think about what we are grieving when we lose or dispose of an object.



  5. Ruth
    March 8, 2023

    Arlene captures the experience of evaluation of one’s accumulation perfectly!


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