Gershon Hepner


Starts are often fabulous,

But ends are what we blow,

Outcomes far more nebulous

Than seeds we’ve tried to sow.

We may surprise the world when young,

And end up disappointing

The ones who hoped that we would bring

Redemption. The anointing

Of kings and prophets in their youth

Misleads the world. We have

To wait to learn the bitter truth,

And though the final laugh

May be a happy one, it may

Conceal discomfort with

The fabulous that fades away,

Like prophecy and myth.

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
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