Beirut Aubade

by Norbert Hirschhorn

Thunderstorms bleached
                the pre-dawn sky – by morning
the swollen sea boiled with whitecaps, seagulls’
                         wings flickering in the sun, while terns
                savaged fish
whipped to the surface.
                         On shore, the stench of burning trash.



Norbert Hirschhorn is a public health physician, com- mended by President Bill Clinton as an “American Health Hero.” He lives in London and Beirut, has published four collections, and his poems have appeared in numerous US/ UK publications, several as prize-winning. See his website,