Patrick Frank

Patrick Frank
Asheville, North Carolina, USA
September 26
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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NOVEMBER 27, 2014 6:20AM

Time with My Son

Talking to my son in the pre-dawn
Intruder orange cat yowling in the darkness
Catching up, bantering

Mike going back to sleep
while I listen to the tick of our clock
time gradually slipping away

Good he is here
Good we can share
these moments

Sometimes I

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NOVEMBER 26, 2014 4:59PM

My Son and I, at Thanksgiving

My son is driving up through Georgia

visiting us for Thanksgiving


I know how tired he must be

We wait patiently for him


Hot chili is on the stove

As we wait, I feel calm inside


I want us to have a relaxing fun time

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NOVEMBER 26, 2014 10:10AM

Darkness Surrounds Us

Darkness surrounds us,
Cold rain beats down from the sky
the sky gray, gay
And all of the Blue Ridge Mountains
are obscured, we hope, we pray
not forever obscured

Violence surrounds us
not touching us, but disturbing
our sensibilities, our peace of mind
We imagine the

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Fires raging out of control in Ferguson
We need another MLK
to lead the struggle for justice
But he is not on this earth
He is only in our memories
Kids read about him in the textbooks
But he's not here in flesh and blood
to lead the struggle
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NOVEMBER 25, 2014 4:24AM

Don't Reject...

If you have been rejected, your skills ignore
your friendship treated like a piece of trash
remember, friends, remember friends

how that felt
Remember how empty you felt
then the next time you are tempted
to reject someone else

Well, don't
Well, don't
Well, don't

NOVEMBER 25, 2014 2:39AM

Breathe the Mountain Air

Sometimes you just have to hunker down
when the world gets crazy, like it is now

Take good care of yourself

Slow down the pace
Refuse to take on added stress
Turn on the music

Let the stillness of the night in

You can't help anyone

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NOVEMBER 24, 2014 12:50PM

Food for the Soul

Meditation music...Food for the soul

A hawk soars over the face of the mountain...Food for the soul

An orphan child finally adopted...Food for the soul

Lily the cat rubbing the place on my body in pain...Food for the soul

A bitter altercation, a peace offering, reconciliation...Food for the soul

Simp… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 23, 2014 3:18AM

Wordless Love

Sometimes after all of the acrimony,

misunderstanding, alienation, trauma

after the solitude sets in


all that is left is the underlying love

commitment, bond, history of sharing

laughter together


All that is left is the wordless feeling

the desolation and fear that accompanies

the sever… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 22, 2014 6:26AM

Career Goals at Age 70

My new poetry and prose-poetry book, Alive and Free, is now available on Amazon...

But I am pursuing a number of options now to pro… Read full post »

Democrats can groan and moan about the election results, but bottom line is: it does no good to cast blame on the tea party or rich people for this result. Getting lost in the blame game takes the focus of what we must do as Democrats and Independents to move the… Read full post »

No matter what you think
someone has done to hurt you
don't play the victim

Take control of your life

There are some people out there
who don't give a damn about anyone
but themselves

No matter what you think
any of them have done to you

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NOVEMBER 15, 2014 3:56PM

Listening to Rain (poetry)

Long haul trucker finally pays off our trailer
A good man, doing a job that has worn him down
Doing more and more bad things to his body
Just to stay awake



Lost in Toledo, no friends around

Hanging out at McDonalds

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I go, always go, to the warm

the warm smile


I go, always go, to the warm

the warm fire


Not to the cold fish

not to the liar


I go, always go. to those who accept me

and perceive my gifts (We all have them)


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NOVEMBER 13, 2014 3:11AM

Dream of a Tyrant (prose-poetry)

Dreamed a tyrant is trying
to tell Linda how to live

and adding a little manipulative twist

The same thing has happened to me
We may be old but we're not stupid

We take it all in but continue
making our own decisions

Sometimes it takes

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NOVEMBER 12, 2014 5:25AM

Reflecting on the Need to Be Proactive

When you fully engage with life, things can get very complicated. I am finding that out as I have gotten serious about self-publishing and am dealing with a sometimes very frustrating medical establishment.

Relationships can get very complicated, too, but fortunately mine are stable.

We are also fa… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 11, 2014 6:29AM

No One Can Hurt Me Now

The sound of a trash truck
in the pre-dawn

Pain inside my body
but my mind at peace

No one can hurt me now
You may hurt my body

but you won't destroy my soul

I will stand tall
thought you may thrust me forever

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NOVEMBER 11, 2014 12:25AM

Loving until the End (poetry)

When you lose something or someone
precious, it makes you want to search
and search and search

It makes you want to not give up
You go over the same places over and over
turning things over on the table

You don't feel able to go on

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NOVEMBER 10, 2014 6:58AM

Hitting Bottom

Sometimes you just have to hit bottom
to come back up, and often when you
come back up, you're in a better place

It could be in losing your home
It could be having a rough patch
with your partner

It could be being laid low
by a serious illness
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NOVEMBER 10, 2014 2:40AM

"I sing a song for the bad man"

"I sing a song for the bad man" (Ronnie Van Zant)

That's how I feel about the orange cat intruder who keeps wanting to fight with our cats and take over our house and yard. I--unaccountably--have compassion for it, because it is a creature mostly

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NOVEMBER 9, 2014 12:40PM

If I were to Lose You, Baby


If I were, to lose you baby, somehow
I would feel empty, completely empty
I would hear the sound of a night train
Deep in the night

If I were to love you, baby
I would feel like a deserted alley
at midnight
I would feel like a/
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NOVEMBER 9, 2014 7:35AM

The Creative Never Grow Old Inside

The creative never grow old inside
They are always coming up with new things
They are open in spirit

They might look old on the outside
but inside, there is a flame that will not die
Their work will somehow be passed on

that includes their work with

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NOVEMBER 7, 2014 2:48PM

Inspired by Super Jane's post

I like the honesty of this writing. I don't feel the least bit guilty of the time I spend on the net because I use it creatively, and do get out and about, not as much as other people, because I am an introvert. It is a major writing tool for… Read full post »

A strange peace, a strange calm
has come over me

Outside, we have brilliant sunshine
and wind, blowing the leaves

and a cool breeze, but now the wind is rising
blowing the leaves into a cloud of leaves

and suddenly, we have thunder
and power flickering on and off

That's how fast our world
can be transformed

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NOVEMBER 6, 2014 5:31AM

Crow Returns with a Message for Me


Crow returns with a message for me

 A dove cries from deep in the woods


Crow issues a warning

I am afraid but not afraid

The future is uncertain


But the Spirit Birds

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It may seem like the world is going crazy
but there's no excuse for going crazy with it
when you know better

Do the best you can
and accept help when you need it
No one is perfect

and we don't see ourselves
exactly as others see us

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