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Felisa M. (Hervey) Dyrud


Felisa lives in Cambridge, MA with husband Peter.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in the Humanities
from the U.S. Air Force Academy and Master of Arts in English
from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.


AT FIRST, a Word.

Not the kind of Cөз 1 (word)
perceived with auditory sense,
speech crawling, visceral,
through time and space and evidence...


a form of Voice
ancestral to the cosmos,
to the waves that crash
sounds into shores of ears,
ancestral even to the ears,


la Voz, (a voice)
una Palabra viva 2 (a living word)
burning first
as fire-spirit-being,
thrilling in his hand-made
of shape and light
in slanted spheres…


Cлoвo 3 (viva) (word)
from which planets spun
and platypuses swam
and children ran
through pools of sun,
knew one unheard-of thing
still must be done
and slid, translated
to a tongue of flesh,
of consonants and vowels
made of muscles, veins,
and bowel-movements.


(They always complain
so much is lost in translation.)
On this occasion
all the fullness of the Word,
ancestor of each sound and song
the ear has ever heard,
appeared bedecked in baby-skin,
correct to every last punctuation mark,
bearing the spirit-sparks
of everlasting Kin.


Despite the lucid letter
of introduction spelled
in blood-and-body lexis
of the local dialect,
most of the inhabitants
between the poles
could not fathom the
miraculous arrival in the flesh
de la Parole 4 (of the word)


And though some had
long anticipated
this unprecedented
advent of celestial chords,
most missed the inconspicuous
invasion in the body
of das Wort. 5 (the Word)


        Yet the Miracle was undiminished 
کڵيم(word)for (word)کڵيم
the work was finished so that nothing,
nothing had been lost
and all was in the translation.




1 Kazakh: “Word,” pron. swooz
2 Spanish: “the Voice, a Living Word”
3 Russian: “Word,” pron. slova
4 French: “of the Word”
5 German: “the Word,” pron. das vort
6 Arabic: “Word,” pron. Kalima

Other Poems

A Psalm of Life

And Can it Be

Above the Hills of Time

And Can it Be

Be Thou My Vision

Cast out Again

Christ Arose!

Christ Beside Me

Christ the Lord is Risen Today!

Come Thou Long Expected Jesus

For the Beauty of the Earth

Found in Translation


from The Prelude

God of Grace and God of Glory

Hark the Hearld Angel Sings

He Leadeth Me

Holy Spirit, Truth Divine

Hymn of the Evening

I Surrender All

Joy to the World

Like a River Glorious


My Faith Looks Up to Thee

National Hymn - God of Our Fathers

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go

O, The Deep, Deep, Love of Jesus

Parable of Immortality


Sweet Hour of Prayer

The Battle Hymn of the Reformation

The Building of the Ship

The Church's One Foundation

The Landing of the Pilgrims

This Present Crisis

Three Days

We've A Story to Tell to The Nations

petrusf.jpg"I was so stunned during the Weiner's conference Born Again '97 in India and could hardly believe what I saw. It was a historical moment for India and the rest of the world."

--Dr. Petrus Agung, Church Planter in Indonesia

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