gershon hepner

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One By One - Poem by gershon hepner

One by one the guests arrive,
but all leave in a swarm,
each one’s only half alive
and needs the rest to keep him warm.
Many think they’re open-hearted;
all of them some time have broken
hearts of others now departed
from their lives, unmourned, unspoken.

Those who love to dance begin
to dance, but most just sit around
and drink, and know they cannot win
upon the party battleground.
There’s food to eat, but not for thought,
because thought gives them indigestion;
life is never what it ought
to be, an answer, not a question

Inspired by The Guests Lyrics by Leonard Cohen, after Anne Goldin asked me whether I liked his work.

One by one, the guests arrive
The guests are coming through
The open-hearted many
The broken-hearted few
And no one knows where the night is going
And no one knows why the wine is flowing
Oh love I need you
I need you
I need you
I need you
Oh... I need you now

And those who dance, begin to dance
Those who weep begin
And 'Welcome, welcome' cries a voice
'Let all my guests come in.'

And no one knows where the night is going...

And all go stumbling through that house
in lonely secrecy
Saying 'Do reveal yourself'
or 'Why has thou forsaken me? '

And no one knows where the night is going...

All at once the torches flare
The inner door flies open
One by one they enter there
In every style of passion

And no one knows where the night is going...

And here they take their sweet repast
While house and grounds dissolve
And one by one the guests are cast
Beyond the garden wall

And no one knows where the night is going...

Those who dance, begin to dance
Those who weep begin
Those who earnestly are lost
Are lost and lost again

And no one knows where the night is going...

One by the guests arrive
The guests are coming through
The broken-hearted many
The open-hearted few

And no one knows where the night is going...


11/13/07


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, April 25, 2011


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