Oh – a poem by Wayne-Daniel Berard


After all, we are made of words.
At the Big Slam, the Spoken Poet
rounded the verses (multi multi multi!)
villanelling “let there be” until Round
Six, the Great Verb Shift to
“let us make”

we are that “us”
we make it all from words 
enjambed between zen 
emptiness and universal thisness
zoom in:
that quantum void is really
the triangle in the letter A
the desirous space in ל‎
the oval in Oh

Note: Hebrew letter, lamed.

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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