Patrick Frank

Patrick Frank
Location
Asheville, North Carolina, USA
Birthday
September 26
Bio
I am a poet-essayist-singer-songwriter, and advocate for the poor, with a teaching and counseling background. I grew up in Florida, now live in Asheville, North Carolina. I also lived in New England 20 years. I love nature, music, and poetry. I am married and we have three adult-kids between us and four grandkids! I am interfaith, leaning toward Taoist, Celtic, and Native American spirituality, and an "Obama Democrat." My book of song lyrics (Back to the Sun) and mv book of essays on creativity (On the Blue Ridge Line) can also be found on Amazon.

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 5:50AM

Dream of the Authority

Dreamed the authority
came in to inspect our house
just like when I was a kid

A man came in to see
just how far down my mom
had fallen

I remember him
poking around our closet
looking for booze

I knew she hid the vodka
in her dresser drawer

Well, there are still the authorities
poking around,/

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We are all closer
to homelessness
than we think

Life is replete
with imponderables
and uncertainty

The question is
how will we deal with homelessness
when it appears in our timeline

Will we give up on life
or set forth on a new pathway
of living?

Will we give up on ourselves
or discover the beauty and streng/

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 8:03AM

Contradictions of the South (poetry)

Lost on the Blue Ridge
I drive North, then South
then find an exit

Ask three guys 
in a pick-up truck
for directions

They offer to lead me back
to Hendersonville Road

They are shirtless with tatoos
baseball caps and missing teeth

They have a rebel flag… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 12:39PM

Not Skating on Thin Ice Any More (poetry)

I've skated on thin ice many times in my life
Playing without a second thought
with the sharp end of a knife

I'm not like that any more
I have a reason to live
I have something to give
back to the world of the living
back to the innocents
and back to my friends

Way too

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 3:57AM

That's My Song

Up in the middle of the night again
Not following doctor's orders
Oh, well, I'll just lay out the truth 
for him next week
I'm too old to play games
When I'm right, I'm right
When I'm wrong, I'm wrong
When I'm lonely, I'm lonely
When I'm strong, I'm strong
I'm too old to play games
Too old to keep up/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 4:08AM

In the Here and Now (poetry)

The past is like a dream

I can return to it but not make any changes

It is like watching a movie

 

Sometimes I want to intervene

and change a host of decisions

I made back then

 

 But this is not possible

The past is the past, set in… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 3:58PM

The Creative Community Will Live On

The administrators have vanished

 but the creative community remains

Their voices will not be stilled

 

Their visions will live on

forever in cyberspace

 

and will travel

to the far reaches

of the cosmos 

 

 

 

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Homelessness does not happen overnight. In the vast majority of cases, it represents a long slide down economically, emotionally, in terms of relations or jobs. That's why I assert that people who want to understand homelessness or help the homeless study the evolution of this condition. Post homeles… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 4:53PM

AA Day for Strength and Action

Saw a hawk today
soaring in the woods
beside Route 25

When I see a hawk
to me it symbolizes strength
and I was strong today

There is a time for reflection
and a time for action

Today was a time for action
but as Ravi said, each… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 3:28AM

A Pivotal Day (prose-poetry)

A steady cool rain falling all night
Feels like the beginning of fall
and I'm ready

This is a day of transition and preparation
This is a day for creativity and planning

This is a day for good music
This is a day for meditation

This is also a day to break ground
that must/

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 1:41PM

Social Class, Mobility and Anxiety

Sometimes Americans worry about where they fit on the social class scale. Are they middle class or higher than that or lower? Are they blue-collar or professional? Are they considered to be underclass? Some experience this confusion as an identity crisis. This kind of anxiety is understandable in ou

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 5:15PM

Dealing with Disability and Aging

Dealing with disability and aging: I am finally getting used to my walker. I rejected it for a long time, feeling that it symbolizes steady decline to total incapacity. I have always been sensitive to stereotypes about seniors, anything that would tend to set them apart from the human race

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Wicked storm tonight
like the storm of transitioning
from hospital to home

Good to acknowledge
when you are knocked off-balance
rather than pretend 

you have it all together

A simple concept
sometimes I am balanced
sometimes not

The worst thing
is to be in denial
of problems… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 3:02AM

The Painting (poetry)

A painting on the wall
with a message no one sees
except you

It hurts a lot
No one else knows
about this

Well you've only
told one person--
your wife

The painting
brings back memories
of regret

Well, I will tell my therapist
and work with… Read full post »
AUGUST 31, 2014 4:48PM

Reading Others (poetry)

At the restaurant
I sense the general unhappiness
of the waitress
currently focused on me
I wish I were not intuitive
It is painful sometimes 
to "read people's minds"

This may be a part of my counseling experience
or just me
and I am sure
sometimes I am off-base
AUGUST 31, 2014 12:42PM

"Dear Landlord," after Bob Dylan...

"Dear Landlord, please don't put a price on my soul, my visions are many, my dreams are beyond control"  (Bob Dylan)

I don't like being a landlord
or a tenant or having a mortgage

We have both now
and I actually hate it

I want to own something… Read full post »
AUGUST 28, 2014 5:59PM

No Reason for Regret (poetry)

Have survived a storm this week
No reason for regret
We did the best we could
and that's good enough

Well past time to just take life
one day at a time
AUGUST 22, 2014 5:43PM

Coping with ED

How does ED feel. Not good, scary
What makes me a man?

Is it strength of character
Or potency, or anatomy?

Is it love or lust?
I don't know Read full post »

Love this new house
but we don't own it

When I think about it
I feel some insecurity

Renting, not owning
what I've done most of my life
but it still feels strange

like renting space in the world
like renting space in the universe
Well, maybe that's reality

but I would like to feel
more rooted than… Read full post »

"You don't have to live like a refugee"  We do have a choice, whether to accept the attributions foisted on us by others who may be jealous or just be mean-spirited. It's not always easy. "Everybody's got to fight to be free"  It's not always easy to look inside and see… Read full post »

AUGUST 13, 2014 2:41AM

Outside the Stop and Go (poetry)

Outside the Stop and Go
sallow faced Carolina woman
sits on the sidewalk
sucking on her cigarette
while she scratches lottery tickets

Up at 2. A single tree frog singing out back. Dreamed I was trying to revisit my old high school but it literally doesn't exist anymore. Well, it does exist in the memories of those who attended, and, in virtual reality, in the writings of those who attended after they too… Read full post »

Mariah was is right: find the hero within yourselves. Robin Williams was one of my greatest heroes but I think an important message here is to deeply value both self and others, or at least the potential for personal growth in self and others--especially in those who have touched our lives… Read full post »

AUGUST 11, 2014 2:45PM

It's Good to Clarify Relationships

It's good to clarify your relationship with someone, but can be scary too. Sometimes the unknown is less frightening than actual knowledge of the feelings of another. But there comes a time when it is very important, even vital, to seek feedback on a person's feelings for you. Is it love,… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2014 3:22PM

The Greatest Blessing

Everyone is sleeping in the house but me
The sun is obscured by clouds, and the crows
call out to me. They bear a message

The cats are restless, they can't go out yet
not till we move to a safer place for them

My left knee collapses every once in a while
yet I… Read full post »