gershon hepner

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Moses' Cushite Wife - Poem by gershon hepner

Some claim that Moses’ Cushite wife
was queen of distant Cush whom he
had married, crisis in midlife,
the sort that we so often see
when men with power feel a need
to dump their first wives, and to take––
for sex, of course, and not to breed––
another who without a mandrake
can make her spouse as horny as
a matriarch called Leah did
with vegetables, to add pizzazz
to her old man’s reluctant id.

Some claim that although Moses wed
the Cushite queen he never tried
to shtup her in the marriage bed,
so she remained his virgin bride.
This seems implausible to me.
She was no Jewish princess, surely,
preferring jewels of Tiffany
to sex that is performed impurely,
and as for Moses, surely he
did not think it was shameful to
do what they say comes naturally
not just for gentiles but a Jew?

The question that I ask above
I think will always be unsolved.
How horny men who fall in love,
behave as soon as they’ve resolved
to be the leader of their flock
is something no reporters know
for certain, though they try to shock
their readers with their blow by blow
accounts of what they think occurred.
Concerning Moses it’s absurd
to tell such stories, worse than corny,
although to me it has occurred
to wonder: was he “rayed” or “horny”?

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Poem Submitted: Friday, June 1, 2007

Poem Edited: Saturday, March 5, 2011

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