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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JANUARY 30, 2015 10:13AM

Post-Homelessness Not All Smooth Sailing

During the period of recovery from homelessness which I refer to as post-homelessness, it is not all smooth sailing. The problems which led to homelessness in the first place are probably not completely resolved.

For instance, recovery from the effects of extended untreated Bipolar take a very long… Read full post »

JANUARY 30, 2015 8:09AM

Get Up Off the Couch

Time to step out
and do something new
Don't just sit there

Don't just sit there forever

We need to step up
The world is in danger
People confused

People confused
about what they believe
Conscience fading

Don't lose the basic sense
of right and wrong

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Some people keep their souls wrapped up
Others let them go, share their deeper selves
with the world

I think the soul needs fresh air and light
I think the soul needs clean mountain air
I think the soul needs he glowing mood

The soul needs the galaxies and starsRead full post »

Turn things around in your head
walk backwards, dare to dream

Think about those you have loved
I wonder what in them you have seen?
Something of God?

Something of the infinity of the universe?

What have you have seen in their eyes?
What have you seen

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JANUARY 25, 2015 6:26AM

Change One Destructive Behavior...

Change one destructive behavior
and potentially, you change your entire being
and the course of a river

flowing into the sea
and the sea itself

Change one lie or distortion into the truth
and potentially, you change the life of someone
for the better

Eliminate one selfish

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JANUARY 24, 2015 6:37AM

Two New Poems...

Having lost something precious

I feel stuck in the darkness and the cold

but I know I need to let it go

 

get up, turn on the music and the warm

make java, move forward, wash my face

put on clothes I feel comfortableRead full post »

"Don't Give Up" (Inspired by Jason Mraz)

Don't give up, people
Good will win out over evil
Compassion over hate

Don't give up, people
Love will triumph, in the end
Reach out to a friend

Don't give up, people
The night is young, the stars are blazing

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JANUARY 19, 2015 5:48AM

Remembering MLK (poetry)

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr
A great man cut down in his prime

Believed in freedom and justice for all
He was a shining light in the darkness

He helped to shape my conscience
when I was a lonely boy in Gainesville
when I was stumbling along

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Really Communicating with Political Adversaries

How do you communicate with political adversaries? A very important question, in this day and age of political, religious and ethnic schism and a penchant in far too many individuals and groups to resort to violence to—frankly—get their wayRead full post »

JANUARY 17, 2015 5:46AM

Eyes in the Moonlight

It may be only a few
who will see your eyes
in the moonlight

It may be only a few
who will recognize your voice
in the darkness

You may feel like you're
swimming through a vast ocean
pitch black with no sign of life

You

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JANUARY 16, 2015 5:07AM

In a Sacred Space, in a Peace Space...

In a sacred space, in a peace space
I never want to leave it, but the world is out there
All of the hurt and confusion

The world is out there
all of the hate and violence
I want to fix it

but one person can't fix it

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JANUARY 15, 2015 3:44AM

When You Hit Roadblock a Roadblock

When you hit a roadblock
what to do, stand down, give up the fight
or simply stop to reflect for a while?

It depends on how you look at it
You can keep on battering your head
against the wall but what's the use?

I don't give up

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JANUARY 14, 2015 2:38PM

Be Strong

Be Strong

1

You'll be floating along on a breeze
and sometimes life is gonna jerk you up
and crash you down

because you're human
because you're not a superhero
because you're not God

goes with sayin'

It goes without sayin'
you are not invulnerable
People can be… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2015 7:22PM

Have You Ever Been Stunned into Silence

Have you ever been stunned into silence?
Have you ever been stunned into sadness?
I have, but not for myself

I'm doing ok

I'm stunned into silence and sadness
for the state of the world, the hatred
and violence, so rampant

for people isolated or denigrated
for/
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JANUARY 13, 2015 2:05PM

Bridges Will Be Crossed in 2015

2015 will be a momentous year
with lots of mountains to surmount
many hateful extremists to expose

I believe, despite scary thing happening
that the American people will somehow come together
as never before

Bridges will be crossed
bread will be broken

Folks with A Conscience will

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JANUARY 13, 2015 6:03AM

Spirituality and Homelessness

Spirituality and Homelessness

I continued to study Taoism and the I Ching during my experience of homelessness. Thinking back, I only wish I had had a spiritual mentor in the flesh to talk to and gain wisdom from. But Taoism did help immensely to keep me from going off theRead full post »

One aspect of my general decline leading to homelessness involved some poor decision making regarding money management. Disorganized paperwork, literally losing track of my current debts, overdrawing my account, etc. When I entered the homeless shelter I had no job and very little to work with. I didRead full post »

JANUARY 12, 2015 5:42AM

You Must Get Out Into The World

You must get out into the world and express
The world needs your honesty and conscience
You must get out, if only in words

You must speak truth to power
You must be there for your friends
You must dream, you must sing

Why else would you

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Reconciling Disparate Images of the Self

When you start to move out of homelessness, it can simply feel strange to adopt a “normal” lifestyle, not to mention the challenges of cleaning your own living space (usually a room or efficiency), figuring out what to do with your extra belongingRead full post »

JANUARY 11, 2015 3:29AM

In the Depth of Winter

In the depth of winter
when it feels like winter
will last forever

It is only natural to slow down
take your steps easy, there's ice
on the ground

only natural to hibernate
like the bears do

But don't despair, life moves in cycles
What feels like

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JANUARY 10, 2015 4:10PM

Too Cold for Man or Beast

It's too cold for man or beast or even cats
It's too cold for scarfs or boots or woolen caps
It's so cold the dogs are sticking

to the sidewalks, as Thornton Wilder said
Oh well, the heater's cranking up, the sun is shining
and the persistent cats are overfed!
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JANUARY 10, 2015 6:58AM

More random reflections

Random reflections:
Arrogance blinds you to the people around you.
Sometimes you just have to push on through the hard thing.
When you feel really good, build on that to create a stronger foundation.
Try something brand new.
Don't yell at anyone; learn to express anger non-abusively.
Do not tolerate disres… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2015 6:41AM

Dreamed of a Man on a Dark Road

Dreamed of a man on a dark road
he was hitchhiking, over and over
I encountered him, alone

hitchhiking from nowhere to nowhere
I stopped for him, did not know how to help
He had no one, nowhere

I felt the loneliness of the man

JANUARY 8, 2015 4:15PM

Marking Your Own Trail

Marking Your Own Trail

No one can tell you exactly what you are doing, when you are in the midst of homelessness. People might make well-meaning or not so well-meaning suggestions, but ultimately, you must chart your own pathway back to independent living and a sense of well-being.

WhenRead full post »

JANUARY 8, 2015 3:15PM

A Smile Can Go a Long Way

A Smile Can Go a Long Way
When you are a homeless shelter staff person, or in any job where you are dealing with the public, a simple smile can go a long way to ease the interaction. The homeless person might be expecting a cold response on… Read full post »