Gershon Hepner

Esther or Easter?

While gentiles all go on their Easter parade

the Jews choose to read from the book that’s called Esther;

how a Jewish and Persian young princess got laid

by a king who was multiple lady-molester.


The gentiles once blamed the good Jews on Good Friday

for events before Easter, while Jews accuse Haman

on Purim for conduct performed mala fide

that threatened the nation, both rabbis and laymen,


and might have brought death to all Jews had not Esther

been crowned beauty queen by King A-hasuerus.

I hope you don’t think I am being a jester

when I say that her victory was like that of Pyrrhus,


for after the joy came the raising of taxes,

like the raising from death that gentiles have claimed

is the reason for Easter, and he who relaxes

when reading of Esther on Easter gets blamed.

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