Wayne-Daniel Berard, “Certain Facility”

Wayne-Daniel Berard PhD teaches Humanities at Nichols College in Dudley, MA. He publishes broadly in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His poetry chapbook, The Man Who Remembered Heaven, received the New Eden Award in 2003. His nonfiction, 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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Certain Facility


Dad shakes his head
in the nursing home
he never did before
showing only dead certainty
on everything his own
position my brother’s and
my worthlessness the
unshakable nature of his
every decision he was sure
and what were we? Now
it’s side to side eyes lowered
he doesn’t know
               but that’s
not the worst he doesn’t
know if he ever knew anything
he prepared the post-modern for
us to find our worth in freest
insecurity now
         Dad is diapered
in notsureness which
he’ll allow no diverse
foreignness to change.

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