gershon hepner

(5 3 38 / leipzig)

two jerusalems


Two Jerusalems there are,
one above and one below;
double-named as double star,
one celestial entrepôt,
one transformed from threshing floor
to Solomon’s great temple site,
perennially a cause of war,
though monument to peace, not might.

Bejeweled with two diadems,
fabulous their finery,
both of these Jerusalems
beckon to us, binary,
the one on earth a mere sideshow
for that above it, though the lever
to raise the one that lies below
is heaven’s ultimate endeavor.

Submitted: Friday, May 11, 2007
Edited: Friday, February 25, 2011
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