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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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 »

AUGUST 10, 2014 2:46PM

Missing My Mom

We went down to the little Chinese place near our house and I ordered my mom's favorite dish and brought it back home. Naturally, I thought of her. I used to visit her in Willimantic (CT) and do this (not frequently enough), along with a newspaper, a lottery ticket, Diet Pepsi,… Read full post »

AUGUST 10, 2014 2:45PM

Missing My Mom

We went down to the little Chinese place near our house and I ordered my mom's favorite dish and brought it back home. Naturally, I thought of her. I used to visit her in Willimantic (CT) and do this (not frequently enough), along with a newspaper, a lottery ticket, Diet Pepsi,… Read full post »

AUGUST 9, 2014 5:58AM

I want to look away, but can't

I want to look away, but can't
There are people with no conscience
who want to crush everyone else

The problem transcends
Iraq and the Ukraine

It transcends the Muslim world
It is a problem of the heart and mind
also in the USA

People who care about more than themselves
People who believe in freedom and… Read full post »

Started out the day feeling fantastic
like I had achieved enlightenment

beautiful dawn, bird cries, cricket sounds

Gradually the day began to unfold
stresses of life began to accumulate

I started to grow angry, impatient

Yes, it's easy to think you've achieved enlightenment
before messy life enters in,… Read full post »

AUGUST 5, 2014 12:22AM

10 Thoughts after Midnight

Thoughts:
It is good to write in such a way that no one ends up being hurt.
You have a freeing kind of laugh that I have not heard in a while.
The tree frogs' chorus after midnight settles me down.
I would rather talk personal values than politics.
Every time I lose my temper I… Read full post »

AUGUST 4, 2014 3:55AM

A new lyric.

If I get to the point where I can't run or walk
just roll me down the hill

If I can't find my youth, and I can't find my pride
I still have my guts and my will

I never thought it would come to this,
I always thought that I'd be young

But… Read full post »

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Waiting for dawn. Waiting for Med. procedure, painful, invasive. Waiting for findings. Waiting for the final move. Is there a final move? I've been moving all my life. Mostly renting space. It's an insecure feeling. But much easier with a loved one by your side. Then there is politics,Read full post »

I saw a bunny rabbit
cross the road before dawn
My headlights lit her up

I see rabbit's rarely
but when I do, I know I have been touched
by it's spirit

There is something mysterious
about their appearances in my life...
a message so deep

I cannot define it
JULY 31, 2014 10:42AM

Challenges of Aging

I finally told the physical therapist the real reasons why I do not want to use a walker or a cane. I spontaneously smiled and looked away and said, "I don't want to appear old and disabled. And I can still walk without it. I could tell she understood, but she… Read full post »

JULY 31, 2014 5:55AM

Ready to Come Home (poetry)

I want the magic to grow between us

I want the mystery to fill the soul with light

I now believe it can happen with anyone

A new kind of intimacy of intimacy

It could be intimacy of the body or soul

But when it appears,… Read full post »

JULY 30, 2014 5:32AM

O to Never Yell Again (poetry)

O to never yell again
O to never care if I lose or win

O to never talk about you
behind your back

O to breathe the night air
look up at the stars

O to listen, and to breathe
slow the pace, fashion each word
carefully

Create a new song
Right a wrong

O to never… Read full post »

JULY 29, 2014 4:19AM

O Peaceful Moment

O a peaceful moment
Deep in the darkness

No pain in my body
No pain in my mind

Everybody needs
a moment of respite

Everybody needs
a moment to reflect

I've been down many roads
I've stumbled and have fallen

But I never stayed down
I'm renewed in the spirit

A spirit that can never
be stolen or… Read full post »

Whatever happens
whatever decisions you make
You're doing great

You've faced so much, so much in your life
Yet you keep on keeping on, keep on striving
You may not know it, but you have courage

You are a great dad
have so much love inside
Please don't give up

Please don't give up on yourself
No… Read full post »

You think I am the same
as I was 10 or 20 or 30 years ago
You could not be more wrong

Don't pin me down
like they do to a butterfly

I have flown 10 thousand miles
I am renewed, don't treat me the same
and I am changing every/
Read full post »

JULY 26, 2014 1:39PM

Take Care When You Speak

You never know for sure the effect of your words on another. Take care. Better to stay quiet than to say something hurtful. People are sensitive, not just you and me. And that's nothing for anyone to be ashamed of. People tend to be vulnerable, at least in some areas of… Read full post »

JULY 26, 2014 3:49AM

True Intimacy

Glad Linda and I will be staying in the same neighborhood. It contributes to a sense of stability. Then we can continue with our creativity. I like the idea of creating around the edges. Gradual change, one step at a time. One poem at a time. One song at a time.… Read full post »

JULY 26, 2014 3:49AM

True Intimacy

Glad Linda and I will be staying in the same neighborhood. It contributes to a sense of stability. Then we can continue with our creativity. I like the idea of creating around the edges. Gradual change, one step at a time. One poem at a time. One song at a time.… Read full post »

JULY 23, 2014 11:22AM

You Are the One (poetry)

You are the one

who sometimes suffers

through the night

 

You are the one

who somehow awakens with hope

at first light

 

You are the one

who sometimes turns into an angry storm

but somehow reaches out just in… Read full post »