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One Art by Alan Z. '23

variation on a poem of Elizabeth Bishop

The art of being hosed isn’t hard to master;
the tasks (you hope) will teach you something new.
To be busy, then, is hardly a disaster.

Waste hours for fun, while still knowing that after,
one still has just as many things to-do.
The art of being hosed isn’t hard to master.

picture of the NYT crossword which says "You're on a 31 day streak!"

31 days of being carried through the crossword by my friends

I’m hosed this week. But looking at my last, or
next-to-last weeks, I was quite hosed too.
I was busy, sure, but it wasn’t a disaster.

Practice working harder, working faster:
psets, labs, and readings each week new.
The art of being hosed isn’t hard to master.

work schedule, where there is a lot of red text

every piece of red text is something I am doing later than I want to be; more on the method to the madness, later, probably

I’m falling behind in this fall semester,
and running hard to try and get back to
less busy, but it’s hardly a disaster.

—And in the end if times are hard, I’ll pass, purge
classes but I shan’t have lied. It’s true
the art of being hosed’s not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) like disaster.

boston skyline in the fog

the fog, I think, captures my mood right now

the original poem can be found here: