Etcetera 22.

Are we losing yet?

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We love a good loss, and the best would be a shutout.

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If we can, let’s lose every game this season.

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We learned a lot from that loss. We learned how to lose more, and better.

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But we would never master the art of losing, for how could we even try.

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An overtime loss is a special kind of loss; it helps us visualize our next loss with added clarity.

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We stunk, we sunk in the standings, and we sucked. At the end of the season we stopped.

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Careful though and do not grow addicted to losing, for then you might win.

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A win is always a win, but a loss is never so simple.

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We lost the World Series, and then we lost our minds.

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To lose by a point is still a loss you can’t refuse.

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Go on — stay out a little longer, lose a few more hands.

Written By

Joshua Baldwin is an editor at Eephus. He is the author of The Wilshire Sun, a novella. His writing has appeared in The Paris Review, n+1, The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Review, Prelude, and elsewhere. He lives in Los Angeles. Reach him at josh@eephusmag.com.

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