The Orange Room Review

Accessible poetry of substance


Before Dawn

by Elliot Richard Dorfman


Before dawn, the insects chirp outside my window.
The frogs croak out a symphony in the pond
near the deserted white brewery.
A soft rain splashes on the pavement in front of my house.
The whiz of occasional passing cars drowns out
all sounds for a moment.
In the dark, the mellow chimes
of my clock strike the hours.
I feel serene and transfixed in a world that
seems to be mine, alone.
Soon, I return to sleep,
to dream before the light of morning
awakens me to face another day of complexities.



ELLIOT RICHARD DORFMAN taught in the New York City school system. He founded Suma Play Productions, and the American Youth Repertory Company before retiring to Upstate New York. Mr. Dorfman has written for the stage, radio and tv. His poetry and short stories have been published in anthologies and magazines.