Patrick Frank

Patrick Frank
Location
Arden, North Carolina, USA
Birthday
September 26
Company
Beckoning Dove Press
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 my book of essays on creativity (On the Blue Ridge Line) can also be found on Amazon. In addition, I have a book of sayings on Amazon--Sayings for the Creative Person, Reflections on Personal Growth, Things that Matter (prose-poetry), and Alive and Free (2-14 poetry). In 2015, I hope to write new books on creativity, homelessness and aging, along with new poetry.

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Back from the store, spending day w/adult kids and grandchild tomorrow. Lots of poetry inside, not all sweetness and light, but life has a way of cycling around. Taoism and maturity teach me that. Behind on our gift giving, but we will keep up. We are going to send a Christmas… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2014 7:50AM

Speaking My Truth at Christmas

It's Christmas Eve and I should be joyful
but the problems of the world are bearing down
on me right now

Forgive me brothers and sisters

The problems of the world
are bearing down on me

right now

I've got some money in my pocket
and

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DECEMBER 23, 2014 6:45PM

Christmas Is Not Always Merry

The weather is terrible here in Asheville. We went out to Target anyway to buy a few things. We are way behind on gifts because of the need to deal with other family responsibilities and health issues. But we will catch up, too late for Christmas day, in… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2014 2:15PM

Dreamed of a Boss

Dreamed of a boss

sitting at his fancy desk

staring off into space

 

blank expression on his face

as if he is staring off into nothingness

unapproachable

 

so I walk away from him

 

He is not who heRead full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2014 11:00AM

Learning from Turmoil (poetry)

I couldn't have woken up
to two more beautiful songs
than those

I couldn't have woken up
to a more challenging life
than the one I chose

Challenging but fulfilling
despite all the chaos and pain

missed steps and lost stops
Well, I've never been close to bored
I've had raging streams to ford

and mountains to cli… Read full post »

Back home in Asheville. Rain, rain, rain. Bought USA Today to catch up on the news. I assume it is a mess. Just kicking back now, but also writing this 2014-2015 column… 

The shooting of the officers in NYC, the choking incident in NYC, the shooting in Ferguson: what… Read full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2014 2:10AM

Random Thoughts

Random Thoughts

Up in the middle of the night
creating, awaiting the dawn

Sometimes there are more mysteries
to solve in a day, a week, a month, a year
a lifetime

I do the best I can to discern the truth
The world is filled with from deception

There are lies of omission and acts of commission
There is selfish… Read full post »

DECEMBER 21, 2014 5:35AM

Balance in All Things

Up at 6. Headed out to Hardee's soon. Lots of imponderables in life. The best thing to do is to say focused on points of clarity. I want as clear a view as possible of what is behind me, what is before, and what is to be in the future in… Read full post »

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 »