Featured Poet: Norbert Hirschhorn, Helsinki

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Norbert Hirschhorn
is a physician specializing in the public health as well as a Master in Fine Arts and a published poet. He and his wife live in Helsinki.

Finnish Autumn

Leaves flee their trees. Gold coins strewn across
woodland paths turn black, rain-smashed to dross.

Silver birches’ ciliate tips outside my window
incised against the sky like intaglio.

Bohemian waxwings rise in flocks, take flight –
maple leaves mottled by black-spotted blight.

Bone-white horizon, a full setting moon;
bone-white the sun rising into the brume.

I am worried, curious: the coming chill –
mythic, drear – augury of a world... gone still.




Here, in Finland, we ululate the weather: alavilla
mailla hallan vaaraa ('in the lowlands, there is
the danger of night-frost')



I love this Finnish language, unlike any other:
affricative Ts, uvular Ks, sibilants and trills,
all letters equal, first syllable takes

the downbeat:

Kalevala
Kotka
Esa-Pekka Salonen





Poems © 2005 Norbert Hirschhorn. Original photographs © 2005 Cynthia Myntti.
Page, picture and graphics
realisation © 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 Sally Crawford.
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