Blood rises through the werewolf,
the dragon tamer,
the killer of lizards,
the lover of osmosis.
Yet he cannot let go.
Moonlight knows nothing of the sun’s heat,
nothing of snow’s burn,
nothing of the scars binding one enemy to another,
but he can hear its frantic heartbeat
faster, faster, faster until–
Dawn festers into blue sky with a whisper
and the full moon slips away into shadows.
Michael H. Brownstein's latest volumes of poetry, A Slipknot to Somewhere Else (2018) and How Do We Create Love (2019) were both published by Cholla Needles Press. In addition, he has appeared in Last Stanza, Café Review, American Letters and Commentary, Skidrow Penthouse, Xavier Review, Hotel Amerika, Meridian Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, The Pacific Review, Poetrysuperhighway.com and others.