Articles of Faith

Articles of Faith

my faith
arises
from exhaustion
desperation
when there's
nothing else left
to accept
or believe in

so let's call it
stupid faith
stupid hope
that a message
wandering
drifting
meandering
over oceans and seas
and years
may someday 
in a million to one chance
reach some inhabited shore
somewhere
with
another 
million to one odds
anyone finding it
will understand
or care

stupid faith
stupid hope
that keeps
new bottles
tossed into the ocean
holding a tooth
a nail
a knot
a lock of hair
a note
set adrift
not just for me
but for that million to one
in another one in a million
giving us 
the paltry chance
of its discovery
and knowing
finally
we're no longer
alone
in this sea
of suffering
billions

uncovering
discovering
there's another
somewhere out there
just as alone
fucked up
insecure
and unsure
still clawing
inside smiles
not giving up hope
with stupid 
articles of faith
that stoic
silent 
misunderstood misery
isn't the way
it has
to be
for every single one
of us 

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