The Deronda Review
by Yakov Azriel
"The Lord knows the thoughts of man — that they are vanity." (Psalm 94:11)
I thought I'd have to put aside my eyes
In order to believe, and put aside
My brain, because belief in God had died
I thought, when hearing helmsmen eulogize
Its recent death or imminent demise.
The sea of faith was shrinking and its tide
Had surely turned, so I felt justified
Surmising that its shallows swarmed with lies.
Or so I thought. For I was full of pride,
Self-confident the human mind was wise
Enough to analyze the brine of life.
Oh what a fool I was, my God, to hide
Behind this mask and wear this cheap disguise,
While stabbing oceans with a pocket-knife.