Faith is Not Lost

Arden Mahlberg

“When did you lose your faith?”
I was asked.
As if faith can become lost.

Faith is not lost;
it is replaced, either with
something else or with nothing.

To ascribe lostness
to this state of leaving
a faith behind
is presumptuous.

One can turn away from
a faith or belief
and move on,

and what remains
becomes clearer
and brighter.

This was the case for me.
My old values
stand out even stronger now
with less competition
for my attention
and loyalty.

I did not lose my glasses either.
I just got a new pair
that work better for me and
a pair that I simply like better.

I have a shelf full
of old glasses too.