Peter – a poem by Wayne-Daniel Berard

Keep him safe oh
You Who Save, my
son up on the barricades 
who took my ‘60’s stories 
home and stands against
the gloriers in the standard
hate the usualness the greed 
he could read before he walked 
and now he marches balking 
not an inch at 6 feet tall a
target unrepentant and I worry. 
Should I have spent those childhood 
walks imparting Shakespeare 
or Godot not Abbie Hoffman and
Rousseau he stands above me in
so much more than height 
he’s riding on a bus tonight to meet
equality’s enemies at some counter-
demonstration, for safety asked me not 
to come. Stand by him exonerate 
me too who adores him more than 
nation cause or You.

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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