There were some hints. You’ve had some doubts, of course.
But so much of your life seemed to make sense,
And, truth be told, the conventional lens
Through which you viewed the world had all the force
Of experts you had reason to respect,
Authorities whose competence you trust.
If now the core collapses and you must
Rethink all that, what then can you expect?
A courage such as you have never known
Assembles from shards of a crumbling world.
With solid ground so far beyond your reach,
You come to trust a will that’s not your own,
The fathomless tsunami that has hurled
You on this alien, yet familiar beach.
— JJM 6/5/21