God, College Education and the Pandemic

February 2, 2021
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How God, in his perversity,
ties knots sometimes, unties when time
seems right to him, we learn through rhyme.

But in a university,
where everything is deconstructed,
we learn it isn’t God who ties
and unties knots; it lays out lies
concerning Him as reconstructed:
logic superseding Logos.

Logos made, we thought, the world,
and, far more hokey, hocus-pocus
of girls and boys when boyed and girled,
for which you need no college education,
which has become as obsolete
as God, who’s lost His reputation;
with boys-girls-they He can’t compete.

In Genesis we see He dared
to change His mind, thus proving He
is academically prepared

to see the world as we it see,
respecting our opinions when
religiously correct, provided
to Him by some righteous men,
and changing plans He had decided,
influenced not just by Noah
but by Abraham and Moses.

He did not do this in the Shoah,
for reasons no one now supposes
could justify this heinous crime,
but the corona-caused pandemic
should make Him use the paradigm
of learning, no less academic
about what He’s obliged to learn
than we.

We all need to correct
mistakes, and He, too, will not spurn
the ones He’s made – which we detect –
but join us in the learning process,
saving lives that need defending.

Where, when we need him, is the Moses
with this message I am sending?

Gershon Hepner

Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976.  Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored “Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel.” He can be reached at gershonhepner@gmail.com.

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