Gershon Hepner
Gershon Hepner

Shabbatry

Created in his lofty laboratory the universe, according to the Book of Genesis, was made by God in just six days,

remaining static on the seventh day, as gentiles aren’t on Sundays which replace God’s Saturdays,

but Jews are, resting on it, shabbatry,

rhyming with the way the English say

“laboratory,”  which English people stress, unlike Americans, on the first syllable.

Most Jews who’re Orthodox do not work on the seventh day if it is billable,

though rabbis get for working then great pay.

I composed this poem on 6/6/21, after composing “Laborators”. English or American accents are as different as Saturdays and Sundays, but do not appear in the Ten Commandments.

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 gershonhepner@gmail.com.
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