Michael Neal Morris

Michael Neal Morris has published short stories, poems, and essays in a number of print and online venues. He most recent books are Music for Arguments, In Domestic News, and Is It I, Rabbi? He lives with his family in the U.S., just outside the Dallas area, and teaches at Eastfield College.





A Drink Before the Storm

I had a seat by the sooty window
of a beer hall between rushes.
A brass band practiced languidly
as I stared into my stein
the scent of the yellow brown
peeking through the foam.
My memories slid down
the glass outside, disturbed
only by my unwashed fingers.
Then a thunderclap — from
past the neighboring hills
or the tired, lingering musicians,
I cannot tell you– drew
the eye, then the ear,
to the same pictures darkened.
“Guess it’s time to head home,”
I said, nodding toward liquid.

© 2018 Michael Neal Morris