Après – a poem by Wayne-Daniel Berard

Après                                                

you hope it
will become
a cathedral
not a last
aerodome
…..vast
empty space
once filled
with solid light
now propped
hurriedly
with prayer
and Study
and more poems
than you ever wrote
before is that
enough
to hold the ceiling
up
will this cavernous
leftover air
be past tense
of flight
gape roofed
and spider glassed
or
rather
reims
(look)
sens-
auxerre
(look up,
dear one)
sacré

coeur

Wayne-Daniel Berard teaches English and Humanities at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. Wayne-Daniel is a Peace Chaplain, an interfaith clergy person, and a member of B’nai Or of Boston. He has published widely in both poetry and prose, and is the co-founding editor of Soul-Lit, an online journal of spiritual poetry. His latest chapbook is Christine Day, Love Poems. He lives in Mansfield, MA with his wife, The Lovely Christine

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