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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The nether world of dreams
neither here nor there, I hate
to exist in the in-between

I want to know
where I stand

I want you to know
what I truly believe

I need security, a place where I can grow
not a prison, but a place I can call home

I existed
in the nether world
too… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2014 9:28AM

Thinking about Crisis and Upheaval

Though the rain quit it's still dark and dreary outside. A dove is calling out from somewhere. Dove sound usually means peace but I feel rather unsettled just now. I'll be ok. Life is rather complicated right now, and there is a need to set priorities and make sure I am… Read full post »

JULY 20, 2014 3:36AM

"Life Is about Choices"

A very interesting quote from an inmate on Lockup: "At the end of the day life is about choices. Everything else is an illusion." Much truth in that statement. Sometimes we try to blur the importance of choice in our lives--with drugs and alcohol, for example. Then, if we have a… Read full post »

I finally decided to declare myself

the Poet Laureate of Mulberry Street

to hell with the agents


to hell with the trade publishers

to hell with the academics


I know my work is good

Enough people have been

moved by… Read full post »

Everybody has their struggles
No need to hide them, nobody's fooled
Sharing is healing

healing for you
healing for me

Admitting flaws is the best thing
If we simply admit we are human
We can grow, develop our gifts

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"Isn't it funny how you never learn to fall" (Jon Bon Jovi). He's right. We can tout our ability to deal with crisis, but when real crisis hits, it is hard for everyone. No one is invulnerable to getting knocked off their feet. The trick is in the getting back up… Read full post »

Sometimes, you have to fight hard
to surmount certain difficulties

Sometimes, it is important to be strong
and go it alone

Life is not meant to be easy all of the time
We are not entitled to a worry-free life
all of the time

Some people resent having to work
Some resent having to sacrifice

Some… Read full post »

JULY 15, 2014 7:34AM

Quiet Dawn

It's a quiet dawn
Cleaned the kitchen
Listening to music
Made my plans
Mediting as I write
Going deep inside

Bringing out my spirit
Dispelling pain
Dispelling anger

Praying through mindful action

JULY 15, 2014 6:15AM

I See Beauty

I see beauty but can't respond
But I see beauty, remember that
I see beauty in my mind

My body won't cooperate
but I see beauty in my soul
and in your eyes Read full post »

JULY 14, 2014 8:33PM

Life Is Short

O the peacefulness of twilight
and great music
I come back to myself
I mean the deeper self
The self that is invulnerable
to subtle or blatant insults
In these ineffable moments
I don't care what anyone
thinks about me
I do the best I can
to do something good for others
Life is short
I do what I can
So much acri… Read full post »

JULY 12, 2014 7:58PM

Feeling the Twilight

Lily at the back window
staring out at the twilight
feeling the twilight

as I feel it, we are one
in this dynamic quiet

JULY 12, 2014 7:48PM

What is freedom? (poetry)

Our cats are forced inside
A man suggests you put them
in a 10x10 cage

set it down in the back yard
as if that would satisfy them

What the cats want, what they need
is freedom to explore the neighborhood
then come back home as twilight falls

not to sit there behind bars

That is… Read full post »

JULY 11, 2014 7:24PM

Total Acceptance (poetry)

I walked into a doc's office
He met me with a genuine smile

He seemed truly glad to see me
I felt completely relaxed with him

How many strangers do you meet
that make you feel that way?

Not many

I wish he were my shrink
I wish he were my friend
I wish he were… Read full post »

JULY 10, 2014 1:43AM

Dealing with loss (prose-poetry)

Up at 1 a.m.I lost a few good books on our trip, leading me to reflect on the broader issue of loss in one's life, and how to handle it...

You can obsess upon a loss
but what good does that do?

Eventually, you must refocus
and rebuild your creative life

either that… Read full post »

Admitting I am afraid

It's not easy, it hits you so fast

you don't know you're afraid


and you've sold out

before you know it

and you've run away


from the evil man

leaving the innocent behind

to suffer


Don't leave the innocent behind to suffer Read full post »

JULY 7, 2014 7:14PM

The Flow of Life, 4/6/14

The cats, after our 3 week absence, all over us today all of the pets and scratching they missed....We are very tired from this around the country car trip....Amazing how artists I once dismissed are now at the top of my list, e.g. U2 and Springsteen...Good that Israel arrested those idiots… Read full post »

JULY 7, 2014 5:45AM

We Must Reach Out

Published in the Asheville Citizen-Times, July 6... 


I am concerned for our generation, but more so for the next two, with all of the political and religious acrimony floating around the political terrain in America, and far too many other countries.

I think that distrust is a normal emot… Read full post »

JULY 2, 2014 11:22AM

My View of Mindfulness

Minefields, they are out there
It's not ernough to dwell in the present
One must also look forward

Traumas, they are inside
It's not enough to dwell in the present
One must also look back

Look back
and deal with the woundedness
But you may need help

JUNE 30, 2014 9:33AM

A Few Tips for the Newly Homeless

When you are cast adrift in a new place, it is easy to get disoriented. It is important to not panic, and realize that you will have to flail around for a while before yu get your bearings. This has been true of our sojourn to Ventura, CA. But it is… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2014 8:50AM

Gift of a Pebble

A child gives me
one of his precious pebbles
to keep

a pebble so small
barely the dot of an "i"
yet so precious

an orangle pebble
worth nothing on the Market
but what a gift

one of his precious pebbles
His heart  Read full post »
JUNE 27, 2014 9:24AM

The Nation Needs to Come Together

The nation needs to come together

Too much division between
young and old
rich and poor
black and white
left and right

I see smiling faces
on our trip west

But I also see grim faces

Some people
are weighed down

Others have been set free… Read full post »
JUNE 26, 2014 8:42AM

Making a Relationship Work

Relationships will be bumpy
at times.Then they will smooth out
if you want them to

You have to delve
into a relationship
to make it work

More than that, delve into it
to make it more than surface

You have to take some risks
You have to tolerate… Read full post »

Communication is so important. Honest, yet unabrasive communication. We can easily get out of the habit of face-to-face communication because of the internet, too much  busy-work and other factors. Also, some of us have an introverted personality to begin with. But it is important to do what one… Read full post »

I bought a U2 CD and am looking forward to listening to it in the car as we travel through the West. Reading Jewel's poetry and am so impressed. So turned off by politics, so much about strategy and winning, especially as presented by the cable news channels, so little about… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2014 8:06AM

Ghostly Dreams

Dreamed someone published a novel
in my dad's name, a warning dream

and my father's spirit floating around

I've been thinking about him a lot lately
Someone, I feel he is traveling with us

through the Rockies, unfamiliar territory
but stunning in its vastness and ghosts

of the past, endless freight trai… Read full post »