Back – a poem by Wayne-Daniel Berard


I found the back entrance
to the Garden of Eden
It’s made by slamming doors
not opening them
Slam! (step back) Slam!
(step) Slam! (step, turn)
And there you are
the unbelievability
of bougainvillea
the Baal Shem Tov
picks up scattered
alephbaits, JunoHera and
the Magdalene kiss as
fish and bicycles ignore
each other, Francis bathes
in Siloam, destigamatizing
stigmata, and I find
everything I lost. “Took
you long enough,” the angel’s
turned face smiles, one side
lit by flame, the other shaded
by the Tree.

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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