gershon hepner

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Sweet Nothings - Poem by gershon hepner

When sweet nothings become real
as if you’re eating madeleines you smell,
and you can touch the girl you feel
though paths have not converged, though parallel,
you learn that what’s imagined may be sweeter
than something real that you imagine can’t
be done––impossible made neater
by fantasies that, flourishing, enchant.

Amanda Hesser writes about madeleines in the NYT, April 18,2001, in an article called: “Madeleines: When a Sweet Nothing Becomes Really Something.” This poem is an amended version of this Vorlage, written on 4/23/01:

When sweet nothings become real
as if you’re eating madeleines you smell,
and you can touch the girl you feel
though formerly your paths ran parallel
you learn that what is real is sweeter
than anything that you imagine can’t
be done-impossible made neater
by fantasy when willing to enchant.

4/23/01,12/3/09


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, December 3, 2009



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