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." A book of mine on personal growth--The Path Taken: Reflections on Personal Growth--was just published published on Kindle by Robert D. Reed Publishers. It can be viewed on Amazon. 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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MARCH 30, 2014 1:19PM

What the Open Mic Is, Is Not

An open mic is not for egos
Not for featured poets

An open mic is not a class
We're all there to simply share
our work, our poem, our spirit

It's simply for grassroots folks
many who do not fit in
anywhere else
MARCH 30, 2014 6:00AM

Trust (poetry)

Some people are like the savage wind

tearing into everybody they meet,

 

the ones who cannot defend themselves

 

Hang with those whom you feel

in your heart you can trust Read full post »

MARCH 30, 2014 1:41AM

Wild Wind (poetry)

Wild wind blowing down from the Blue Ridge
The light sensor comes on, unable to sleep

Lily the cat resting on her stool beside me

The fate of living creatures on this planet
remains in powerful and mysterious hands

 

 http://frankcreations.com/wild-wind/ Read full post »

Go around nature, you don't find perfectionism
Beauty is barred by imperfection, trees have some dead limbs
Many leaves have yellow or brown streaks

Lake water is not perfectly pristine
Wild creatures thrive and suffer
Just like people

But at a deeper level, the beauty comes thrown
Go around nature, you don't find perfectionism
Beauty is barred by imperfection, trees have some dead limbs
Many leaves have yellow or brown streaks

Lake water is not perfectly pristine
Wild creatures thrive and suffer
Just like people

But at a deeper level, the beauty comes thrown
Go around nature, you don't find perfectionism
Beauty is barred by imperfection, trees have some dead limbs
Many leaves have yellow or brown streaks

Lake water is not perfectly pristine
Wild creatures thrive and suffer
Just like people

But at a deeper level, the beauty comes thrown
Go around nature, you don't find perfectionism
Beauty is barred by imperfection, trees have some dead limbs
Many leaves have yellow or brown streaks

Lake water is not perfectly pristine
Wild creatures thrive and suffer
Just like people

But at a deeper level, the beauty comes thrown
Go around nature, you don't find perfectionism
Beauty is barred by imperfection, trees have some dead limbs
Many leaves have yellow or brown streaks

Lake water is not perfectly pristine
Wild creatures thrive and suffer
Just like people

But at a deeper level, the beauty comes thrown
MARCH 27, 2014 6:31PM

Let Yourself Be Silent

Let yourself be silent, 
let someone else speak

let someone else rest
in the stillness

turn down your music
give your ego a rest Read full post »
MARCH 27, 2014 9:16AM

How to crush someone's spirit

How to crush someone's spirit...
Substitute your own motivation for someone else's.
Emphasize their negative qualities.
Make fun of their new forays.
Shut them out of your world.
Impose your depression on others.

 http://frankcreations.com/how-to-crush-someones-spirit/

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MARCH 26, 2014 9:06AM

Anger Dissipating (poetry)

I sat up in bed in the darkness
remembering how you read my pain
reached out to touch my eyes

and then my anger dissipated...
 
 http://frankcreations.com/anger-dissipating/ Read full post »
MARCH 25, 2014 4:51PM

Dumping Feelings on Others

A bird cries as twilight approaches
Fortunes go up and suddenly can go down
Joy can dominate and then the opposite
in an eye blink

when an upset happens, you can reflect
on it deeply within yourself, or take the feeling
and dump it on someone else.

When you… Read full post »
MARCH 25, 2014 10:35AM

Idea for New Book

I have a new idea for a book: since I have experience Bipolar, homelessness and and am very creative, all three, I will write a series of mini-essays on all three, but divided into sections, with space for readers to respond, in a journal format. I will make it clear that… Read full post »

One problem with print newspapers today is that they tend to be stuck in uncreative ruts, for example, refusing to publish poetry. It  has not always been this way in the newspaper industry. Of course, it would be important to have a poetry editor on board who would publish poetry combining… Read full post »

Creative folks can get so excited about their work that they forget that they may be impinging on others' time and space. Not only Bipolars, like me, but ordinary creative folks. Good to remember that not everyone is on the same page and others' may need peace and quiet while you… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2014 5:07AM

The Problem Is Gravity!

Hard to get out of bed...It must be gravity!
I keep dropping things...It must be gravity!

I keep stumbling over the high hurdles
The problem is gravity!

I keep trying to fly but it just won't work...I'll blame gravity!

And Einstein, you kept study it, but did

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MARCH 21, 2014 8:00PM

Southern Man (prose-poetry)

A Southern man working construction

driving the long way home at dusk

 

stops by to drop off some money owed

I respect greatly the working poor

 

 http://frankcreations.com/southern-man/

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MARCH 21, 2014 12:30PM

Personal and Professional Boundaries

I used to violate personal and professional boundaries

without a second thought, now I give it 1000 thoughts

before doing so

 

When someone lets us in,

it is a big responsibility

on our part

 

 http://frankcreations.com/personal-and-professional-boundaries/ Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2014 11:33AM

Going Faster and Faster (poetry)

Going faster and faster

trying to wrap up everything

before age 70

 

as if I am going to die this year (not too likely)

 

Trying to squeeze out every poem and political column

Trying to make every relationship positive and run smoothlyRead full post »

MARCH 21, 2014 9:15AM

Only Poetry for Now

I have decided to publish only poetry for a wile on OS, not straight politics. Too many trolls show up. I have also deleted everything from the past. I would love for folks to check out our website (frankcreations.com). It is a new site and will focus on writing by me… Read full post »