The Visit


The Visit



You slip through the maze of my life softly as ashes

Smell my freshly ground Lavazza


Sit across from me always early to each day’s party

Getting my mail, I imagine a card from you


Mixed in with catalogs and pleas for money

Words of encouragement like you used to send


Buoying me up to help avert another crash

I walk through my neighborhood rife with impatiens, hostas,


lilies of the valley, know you are deadheading the pink petunias

I spot a cardinal and know it is you come to join me


This sign of God whose chirps I recognize as your affectionate words

Evening brings you in your slippers


A wraith in a loose nightdress attune to the evening song

The day a drink empty but for shadows


Your wishes for me sprawled in perfect

Penmanship upon the patient night


Marc Frazier


Marc Frazier has published three full-length poetry collections available at online booksellers and his fourth is due out March 2023. He has published poetry in well over a hundred literary journals and is listed in Poets & Writers Directory of Writers. He has appeared in The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, The Gay and Lesbian ReviewSlant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, Ascent, The Tampa Review and Poet Lore to name a few. He was included in New Poetry from the Midwest (New American Press). Marc, the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry, has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a “best of the net.” He is grateful for all the editors who had faith in his work, especially those who offered some last-minute fine tuning. He is also grateful for the many years he workshopped writing with NewTown Writers, the longest continuously running gay workshop and publishing venue in the nation. Marc, a Chicago-area, LGBTQ writer, is active on social media, particularly on his Marc Frazier Author page on Facebook and @marcfrazier45 on Twitter.


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