Lost Things

by Lydia Davis

They are lost, but also not lost but somewhere in the world. Most of them are small, though two are larger, one a coat and one a dog. Of the small things, one is a certain ring, one a certain button. They are lost from me and where I am, but they are also not gone. They are somewhere else, and they are there to someone else, it may be. But if not there to someone else, the ring is, still, not lost to itself, but there, only not where I am, and the button, too, there, still, only not where I am.


Lydia Davis has published six collections of short stories.


Christian Bell said...

What other great things can be said about the great Lydia Davis? I look forward to getting a copy of her recent The Collected Stories of Lydia Davis, which has everything.

quin browne said...

circular in a good way.

if christian says you rock, i'll be checking out more of your work.

Jane Bradford said...

It appeared you liked the sound of words more than the meaning of them, and didn't understand that when put together, the chosen words looked like they meant something, but remained only words.