The System Under Stress

cliff face
that’s what happens
that doesn’t mean expressionless,
contrary to popular opinion —
it means stone
that cannot be altered
without years of erosion
and my tears might get there
eventually but the rate
at which they fall is negligible
in fact, that is the point
of cliff face —
shut it down, cover it up,
pretend it doesn’t exist
and definitely don’t let anyone
see the erosion
happen (which you know it does)