Daniel – a poem by Wayne-Daniel Berard

I don’t use “step”
as in “step forward”
or worse “step back.”
You are my bonus son
the prize I never quite
expected. Too old
for bedtime stories when
I married your mom let
me tell one now: once 
upon a theatre in the
middle of things they
held onto your ticket
torn in half 
movies had stages then 
and when the curtain fell
with credits fading in its
ripples a man would come
and announce the lucky
winner the bonus you
are he and all the lights
come up

Wayne-Daniel Berard, PhD, teaches Humanities at Nichols College, Dudley, MA. He publishes broadly in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. His poetry chapbook, The Man Who Remembered Heaven, received the New Eden Award in 2003. His non-fiction When Christians Were Jews (That Is, Now), subtitled Recovering the Lost Jewishness of Christianity with the Gospel of Mark, was published in 2006 by Cowley Publications. A novel The Retreatants, was published in 2012 (Smashwords). A chapbook, Christine Day, Love Poems, was published in 2016 (Kittatuck Press). His novella, Everything We Want, was published in 2018 by Bloodstone Press. A poetry collection, The Realm of Blessing, was published in 2020 by Unsolicited Press.

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