Gershon Hepner

Biden’s Stubborn Optimism

A trait of Joseph Biden, his extremely stubborn

optimism, like a magic lamp he’s rubbin’

to conjure magically for us a genial genie,

will not succeed, I fear, the omens seeming to this meanie

predictive not of genial genies.  An aggressive gremlin

likely to unravel Biden’s optimism, in the Kremlin

making pessimism – though unpopular- his brand

of mens insana in a White House made of sand.

He’s doomed to suffer pessimism like the rest of us,

thrown both by Putin and Xi Jinping underneath a bus,

his streetcar of desire steered by means of wishful thinking

speeding down a highway potholed by hopes that are sinking.

In the 6/17/21 NYT, Michael Shear writes (“After Putin Meeting, a Biden Trait Shows Itself Again: Stubborn Optimism”):

The president’s insistence on an “optimistic face” could open him up to criticism. But his allies insist it’s an essential ingredient to making progress.

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at