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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DECEMBER 20, 2014 5:29AM

Nontraditional haiku

He can’t stop texting

He’s trapped in a dead-end relationship

Will dawn ever come?

 

A lady Southern lady

Alone at the computer desk

With Nick-at-Night

 

What town is this?

Lost in the Florida Panhandle

With a few 7-11s… Read full post »

DECEMBER 19, 2014 6:59PM

Three Line Tragic

Anything more tragic

than someone imploring "I want to go home"

and he has no home

DECEMBER 17, 2014 2:24PM

Not Alone (poetry)

Stepping out into the dawn
I breathed deep the mountain air
clean and cold

A day after surgery, I felt
like a new person, cleansed
of worry

Later on, my knee collapsed
at the coffee shop, another sign
of aging, but a black woman

came to my assistance
and helped me to my car
making me feel

not alone
DECEMBER 15, 2014 2:23PM

Dream Work and Personal Growth

I think that dream work can be very helpful to the creative person. I am glad that I am remembering mine now. It provides much more than fodder for poetry, It also provides a valuable opportunity for self-integration. I don't believe that an "expert" is needed to guide one along this… Read full post »

Up at 4:30 a.m. Feeling ok...

Have started to dream or remember my dreams again every night. This is a good sign, emotionally and creatively. I have found it very helpful to write down my dreams and make them into poetry.

Well, it's a new week, another chance to get… Read full post »

DECEMBER 14, 2014 2:53PM

Dealing with Pain, and Transcending It

After a difficult night of pain, I felt disoriented, but things are better now. Linda and I went out for a good breakfast at Cracker Barrel. Now Linda is asleep and we have been listening to meditation music. Life is sometimes filled with travail. That's reality.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 12, 2014 11:24AM

Keep on Keepin' On

Feel like I'm running down like a clock, dizzy and week, down at Hardee's with the Good Old boy, journaling, reading, reading poetry and science is. Brilliant sunshine, but the news from D.C. is bleak.

I must hang on. Several people need me. I must hang on.… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2014 5:54AM

It's Not My Time to Check Out

You've got to get yourself together
get yourself together, one more time
one more time, one more time

There are friends who need you
There is the world that needs you
You are not ready to die

You're too much of a fighter for that
You're too much of a fighter, you will bring
you will bring, you will… Read full post »

DECEMBER 11, 2014 4:26AM

Real Pain

Real pain is not dramatic, not cool, not sexy
It just sucks you in, but as long as you're alive
you struggle to come back out

to be in the world, be creative, be with others

DECEMBER 10, 2014 10:00AM

Catch Yourself Before You Fall

"It's a long way down to nothing" (U2)

Good for the homeless, or anyone headed down a disastrous path, to reflect on this lyric, including addicts, anyone trapped in an abusive situation, the mentally ill, those head downhill toward financial disaster, etc. It may be… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2014 5:26PM

An Update on My ED

I think I posted on this before, but this is an update. First, I think this is not typical for a person to talk openly about this problem, but I don't care about that. It is a problem that man men struggle with in silence. Well, it is probably caused by… Read full post »

DECEMBER 9, 2014 6:47AM

The Things That Truly Matter

The things that truly matter:

We must not lose focus on them;

Compassion, loyalty,

 

meaningful work, creativity

Taking good care of mind and body

considering the fate of the cosmos

 

Exposing onesaelf to music and nature

sharing your creativity with others

 

It is so easy to get distr… Read full post »

It's one of those gray, gray, gray days
Folks down at Walmart move listless,
the workers and the shoppers

There is a cold mist in the air
You can't even see the mountains
I examine my face in the mirror

I look unshaven even though I've shaved
Life can be tough on many levels, but grassroots
people can be… Read full post »

Finding a way to express oneself fully and deeply can be difficult, but the human spirit yearns to speak out. We have this need to be ourselves and to share our true selves with others.

 

There are many problems in this nation and world that seem overwhelming atRead full post »

DECEMBER 7, 2014 5:54AM

I Finally Woke Up from a Dream

I finally woke up from a dream
and the world, it seems, had changed
or is it me, seeing things differently?

I have made some changes,
doing things I have been avoiding
taking time for deep reflection

You know that saying, "It is what it is"
It may be/
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DECEMBER 6, 2014 5:01PM

Cool Breeze (poetry)

Cool breeze on my face
I needed that, to cool down
my body and soul

The world seems like it is off the rails
but there are sane people left, and I will hang out
with them

with you

and if you go crazy too, and by

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DECEMBER 6, 2014 6:59AM

Crash Landings prose-poetry

I've had a lot of crash landings in my life

but always survived, at least up to now!

 

Whether it's my Guardian Angel or survivor's instinct

I am not sure, but it seems like when I come down

 

to earth, it's always withRead full post »

DECEMBER 5, 2014 11:42AM

Keepin' on Keepin' On

I keep writing, though it may be the last time
but no one knows the future, do they

or what the next ten minutes may bring

Like ballplayers keep on playing
whether they are losing orwinning

and the best of them
give it all they'vegot/

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I am thinking a lot about entropy lately, the tendency in a system for things to break down and devolve into a state of disorder. This physics concept, of course, has application to our lives. How do we counter this tendency? It seems to me, through the application of intelligence as… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2014 11:27PM

Our Old Clock, Resurrected

This old clock sat in the garage for years

buried under cartons of books and this and that

Ignored, yes, but it just kept on ticking

We rescued it from it's dungeon one day

and set it down in the living room, on the coffee table

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When someone feels their life is over
When someone can't find their way back home
When someone seems completely lost...

What do you do or say?
Do you say, "It will be ok?"
Do you run away?

Do you hang in there with them?
Do you hang in and feel the depth
of their pain?

Do you hold their hand… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 10:33AM

Compensating for Disabilities

Since my vision seems to be gradually fading, I read shorter passages, then put a book down, or read half of a long essay. Well, my eyes just get tired more easily, I guess.

We adjust to our disabilities. I have adjusted to my knee problems,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2014 7:35PM

"Please Remember Me"

There is a very good song by Tim McGraw, "Please Remember Me." We all have this desire to be remembered by those whom we consider are significant others. But it doesn't always work out that way. The other person may not share this feeling of significance

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DECEMBER 2, 2014 4:59PM

Dreamed I was Leaving My Mom's

Dreamed I was leaving my mom's
long before she wanted me to

I see her sad eyes. I see
her loneliness

Nothing I can do
Have to move on

I can't save her from loneliness
Wish I could, but I'm caught up

in my own chaotic journey...
That was 20 years ago

DECEMBER 2, 2014 6:58AM

One Song (poetry)

Alone in the night
So many pathways
to walk down

You wait and wait
listening to the heater
kick on

At least you know
the only answer comes
from the spirit

deep inside

***

One song
can open a window
to the soul

One person
can restore
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