falling away

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American Catholic writer Thomas Storck sees the legal deconstruction of the last 40 years as part of "the apostasy of the gentiles," a phrase first applied in the nineteenth century following the general secularization of European thought and life in the decades after the French Revolution and the falling away of so many from the Faith.
We are still, now, and I/who have listened for a step/all afternoon, hear it/already falling away,/the sun quietly collections/pieces of you everywhere.
In the larger works the atmosphere is subtly broken into rectilinear fragments, as if the image were literally unfolding or falling away in sections before your eyes.