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gershon hepner

(5 3 38 / leipzig)

sweetness of sin


“We suddenly know what heaven we’re in”
is a line first conceived by Cole Porter;
it’s based on a line that he chose to down-water,
“We suddenly know the sweetness of sin.”

Don’t know why Cole Porter decided to alter
a line antinomially apt in its neatness,
foreswearing all heaven for sin and its sweetness
as sure as my middle name warns you I’m Walter.

One more for the road, as once sang Johnnie Mercer,
is great, and you’ll find that the road is much shorter
to sin than to heaven, a meter maid’s quarter
provides enough time if you are not averse, sir.

Beginning beguines is the first step to take
for heaven on earth, not by pouring cold water
on sin as on lyrics was done by Cole Porter
while betting on heaven–a dreadful mistake.


5/9/06

Submitted: Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Edited: Friday, July 23, 2010

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  • Gina Onyemaechi (5/10/2006 6:40:00 AM)

    I like the poem, Gersh, clever and comic as it is. I'll own up, though, to being alien to the music of all these singers/writers! ! ! But hey, I can live with that!
    Love,
    Gina. (Report) Reply

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