An Erosion

An erosion of faith.
(let’s say)

The side of a great rock
lapped by the sea
slides abruptly
into the bay
without fanfare.

Leaving us to wonder
if what was once there
ever existed at all.

Someone might say this
by principle
can’t be fair.
That we’re questioning
the rock because
we are alive to do so.
Because so much attention
has been paid to it
after the fact.

That other pieces of the same
slid out of view
long before we started to notice.
That the water
wasn’t always so high
even without
the phases of the moon.

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