Marc Frazier

On Any Given Day You Are

An upside-down baseball cap—a turtle on its back
Blue cloth napkins folded like sails on bread plates in a Greek restaurant 
White hydrangeas craving water
Heartbreak in a child over the canceled birthday party
A pot-bound peace plant reaching for more room
As trendy as torn-up jeans with ripped pockets
Picasso in his striped shirt with palms on the window glass
A curio cabinet added to after each new death
A tiny silver pitcher of cream on a silver tray a la Vienna
Quebec’s motto: je me souviens
Watercolor paintings on red and yellow walls
The rowboat that flows through toddlers’ stories
The hard-to-get-at sweetness of sugarcane
Yellow lilies and blue iris exciting suburban yards
Heat from a tinfoil tan reflector held under the chin
My confidence in someone else’s flight plan


Marc Frazier has widely published poetry in journals including The Spoon River Poetry Review, ACM, f(r)iction, The Gay and Lesbian Review, Slant, Permafrost, Plainsongs, and Poet Lore. Marc, a Chicago-area, LGBTQ+ writer is the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council Award for poetry and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a “best of the net.” He has appeared in the anthology New Poets from the Midwest. Marc’s three poetry collections are available online.