After The Moon Fills Itself With Milk by Michael Brownstein

the lightning bug tree

in the middle of the grove

the sand break

in the middle of the river

the blackened angel cloud

in the middle of the noon sky

the stone and red leaf,

the driftwood and oyster puddle

the cold rain of winter,

a brown bear waking to the snow

a track along the ice

in the middle of the storm

December, the drought ending,

rain washed trees bleeding their color

and one quarried house

at the edge of the great swamp of snow


Michael Brownstein
Michael Brownstein

Michael H. Brownstein’s work has appeared in The Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Free Lunch, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, Poetrysuperhighway.com, and many other places. His nine poetry chapbooks include A Period of Trees (Snark Press, 2004), What Stone Is (Fractal Edge Press, 2005), I Was a Teacher Once (Ten Page Press, 2011), Firestorm: A Rendering of Torah (Camel Saloon Press, 2012), The Possibility of Sky and Hell: From My Suicide Book (White Knuckle Press, 2013) and most recently, The Katy Trail, Mid-Missouri, 100 Degrees Outside and Other Poems (Kind of Hurricane Press, 2013).