Abide with Me

…there is time for
everything, everything is there not
though the balance is
difficult, is coming un-
done —Jorie Graham

the earth
             solid as an oath
             the body                      alive

the skin,            organs
            each full breath
                                    brain coiled in skull
the desire to be
             the seen         the unseen

waves of suffering

this moment
       kissing your black mustache
I watch us              being watched
            floors collapse
I reach                        for sanity

there is a blue pool
                         the ocean
my childhood home
I search for the right room
            for my parents’ faces before they were

I wake to the scaffold of your body
            to someone else’s day 

MARC FRAZIER has widely published poetry in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, Good Men Project, f(r)iction, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, and Poet Lore. He has had memoir from his book WITHOUT published in Gravel, The Good Men Project, decomP, Autre, Cobalt Magazine, Evening Street Review, and Punctuate. Marc, an LGBTQ+ writer, is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry, has been featured on Verse Daily, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a “best of the net.” His book The Way Here and his two chapbooks are available on Amazon as well as his second full-length collection titled Each Thing Touches (Glass Lyre Press). Willingly, his third poetry book, will be published by Adelaide Books in 2019. His website is www.marcfrazier.org

ISSN: 1533 2063
FALL 2018