gershon hepner

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Like Yesterday Tomorrow - Poem by gershon hepner

Till death like sleep might steal on me,
there’s still a lot of time to borrow,
and I would like each one to be
with you like yesterday tomorrow.

While waves are dancing fast and bright
let us together try to surf
the days that climax in the night,
as we still lie above the turf.

If I should die, and leave you free,
there’ll be a corner of my mind
around which you will always see
the proofs that I’ll have left behind
of feelings that in life I tried
to prove, but no Pythagoras
can demonstrate, because proofs hide
from love like grouse within the grass.

Inspired by a poem by Shelley

Stanzas Written in Dejection Near Naples

The sun is warm, the sky is clear,
The waves are dancing fast and bright,
Blue isles and snowy mountains wear
The purple noon's transparent might,
The breath of the moist air is light,
Around its unexpanded buds;
Like many a voice of one delight,
The winds', the birds', the ocean floods',
The City's voice itself, is soft like Solitude's.

I see the Deep's untrampled floor
With green and purple seaweeds strown;
I see the waves upon the shore,
Like light dissolved in star-showers, thrown:
I sit upon the sands alone, -
The lightning of the noontide ocean
Is flashing round me, and a tone
Arises from its measured motion,
How sweet! did any heart now share in my emotion.


Alas! I have nor hope nor health,
Nor peace within nor calm around,
Nor that content surpassing wealth
The sage in meditation found,
And walked with inward glory crowned -
Nor fame, nor power, nor love, nor leisure.
Others I see whom these surround -
Smiling they live, and call life pleasure; -
To me that cup has been dealt in another measure.

Some might lament that I were cold,
As I, when this sweet day is done,
Which my lost heart, too soon grown old,
Insults with this untimely moan;
They might lament -for I am one
Whom men love not, -and yet regret,
Unlike this day which, when the sun
Shall on its stainless glory set,
Will linger, though enjoyed, like joy in memory yet.

Yet now despair itself is mild,
Even as the winds and waters are;
I could lie down like a tired child,
And weep away the life of care
Which I have borne and yet must bear,
Till death like sleep might steal on me,
And I might feel in the warm air
My cheek grow cold, and hear the sea
Breathe o'er my dying brain its last monotony.

Gershon Hepner 6/15/05


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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Poem Edited: Thursday, October 19, 2006


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