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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MARCH 7, 2015 5:25PM

Some of the Problems of Aging

The decline of a career is one of the greatest crisis-points one can face. Perhaps most difficult: when your abilities have not declined significantly, but your opportunities for advancement, or even treading water, have seemingly vanished. Of course, the problem is greatly accentuated for individual… Read full post »
MARCH 6, 2015 11:02AM

Keep on Keepin' on

Political moderation may be crashing in the USA. Schism and distrust be advancing. The pain and fear of living in a nearly broken nation is hard to deal with but creative folks with a conscience must keep on keepin’ on.
Past marriages crashed and many jobs crashed in my life. But I… Read full post »

MARCH 6, 2015 6:12AM

Why the masks of ISIS

Why they wear masks when they kill:
to hide their identity, to sever human contact
to kill compassion along with the body

MARCH 5, 2015 10:05AM

Love Is Letting Go

Love is letting go
It makes the beloved feel free
It frees you up to be

your own person
Your own person

How can you love someone
if you don't know who you are
separate from anyone else

Love is letting go
It is the opposite of stalking
sometimes it leads

the other to fall in love

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I have a sense of peace tonight. Tomorrow we head out to Indiana. On the way I will meet with a pastor who runs a homeless shelter in the mountains of Tennessee. Good background for an op-ed I will write about rural poverty in Tennessee. Have had a good dialogue with… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 25, 2015 5:41PM

The Sky Is Turning Dark

The sky turning dark
and it's not just twilight
It schism in the USA
It's hate and fear and greed
It;s the war on science
It's ISIS
It's people decapitated

Snowstorm coming in tomorrow
A ton of snow
A brutal winter
Will it ever end?

Will the

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FEBRUARY 23, 2015 4:18PM

It's Too Quiet in Here

It's too quiet in here
My soul needs something more...
music to sooth my soul
a voice with words for me
to confirm my existence
I should be able to handle solitude
but sometimes my soul cries out for more
The truth is the truth, my friends
never mind the fake assurances
that I am okay
when my heart cries out… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2015 4:37AM

You can't Touch It but It Speaks to You

The mystery of the moon
when you walk outside before dawn
the moon shrouded in white mist...
You can't touch it but it speaks to you

The music that you love
its poetry and passion
lifting your spirit to a new height...
It lives forever inside of you

FEBRUARY 22, 2015 3:27PM

Letting Go of Worries (prose-poetry)


letting go of worries
Whatever happens
I will deal with it

Getting out of the house
Warming up, ice finally melting
Breathing, breathing deep
The white mist feels good

Reaching back to the past
Finally a ghost comes out of hiding
Becomes real again, again
Helping me to link

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FEBRUARY 20, 2015 3:42PM

We Must Not Lose Hope

The cold unrelenting
We are hunkered down
in the mountains

Playing meditation music
considering chaos in the world
Wondering what I can do

grain of sand on a wide beach
wave upon tumultuous wave
breaking

breaking the spirits of the working poor
dealing with poverty, subject to insecurity
wondering if their jobs… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 7:10PM

The Situation Is Too Critical

The situation is too critical
for people to mess around

Hatred, schism, horrendous assassinations
of innocents, threat of full-scale war breaking out
all over the globe

extreme poverty, often hidden in the USA

too critical for people to get lost
to hide mental illness and not get

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FEBRUARY 17, 2015 12:11PM

Basically, a journal entry

We saw a great movie, Labor Day. Everything still frozen outside. We are stuck here with each other, but are are ok, we love each other.

Sent off another agent query today.

Don't think we can get the car unfrozen today. Cats are settled down. Going to do some… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 17, 2015 6:21AM

Update on my query Re: fate of OS

Update on my effort to get more up-to-deate information about time-line for Salon to shut down OS:

The second person I approached has not gotten back to me.

The issue of how much people at the top of OS make, the one salary I mentioned is public knowledge, posted… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 16, 2015 7:43AM

Acceptance

Feeling good at 7 a.m.
My feelings are my feelings, good or bad
I accept the way I feel, happy or sad

and those who love me do, too

 

When you truly accept a person

you help them to feel brand new

 

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Worked on a single agent query for hours and hours. Finally sent it out.; But it was worth it, at least to me. Bitter, bitter cold, we are expecting maybe 5 inches of snow.

I am having trouble with some folks wondering why I am walking around walking and talking… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 15, 2015 3:06AM

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

Up at 3 a.m.. Wind howling outside, zero wind chill. Safe and warm in here...well, that's a good thing. If the power goes out, we do have an escape plan--by car.

In this life, often you do need an escape plan, when things start to fall apart,… Read full post »

I need a clear, unambiguous answer from the editor of Salon on the status of OS and Salon; I gather, from comments to my prior post, that the situqation remains highly sketchy...But on a broader but related topic...

Some of us creative folks (what I call grassroots artists,in the broad… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 14, 2015 4:02AM

A Doc Who Stops and Deeply Considers

I visited my knee doc in Greenville. We got lost on the way, we always do
Everyone is nice in that hospital. The knee doc is a young Brit. Professional, knows what he is doing. But the best thing is: his thoughtfulness. You can see him considering a multitude of options, but… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 4:57PM

OS and Salon, serious questions

I asked the editor-in-chief of Salon about the status of OS and Salon and he said there is no connection any more. So, what about guidelines, and monitoring? I am particularly concerned that I be able to reprint my work elsewhere. I am also concerned about the remaining trolls and what… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 12, 2015 1:07PM

Poetry and Music When Things Get Tough

Over and over again
I turn to poetry, I turn to music
when things get tough

They open a window to the cosmos
They fill that empty place in my soul

Over and over again
when the going gets tough
I turn to that quiet place

just

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FEBRUARY 11, 2015 2:32PM

Church for the urban homeless

Visited the downtown Methodist Church in  Asheville for a service attended mostly by the homeless. Very inspiring. Wonderful people. I think I could help them set up an open mic for the homeless there. They are very music oriented. Black and white, gay and straight, dogs, babies, shakers… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 11, 2015 6:58AM

Learning to Say Baby to a Woman

For so many years
I could never say baby to a woman
I don't know why

For many years, I could never let a woman
see my pain, I hid my loneliness, I did not know
how to cry

I was so confused about women
I did not

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FEBRUARY 11, 2015 12:30AM

The Gift of Uniqueness

We all want to be unique and we are, in many ways. But you are also in me, and I in you. Even the spirit of those dead and gone who have touche4d us live in us.

You and I are not totally unique. Neither is our culture totally unique. We are… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 10, 2015 9:24AM

The Truth Is the Truth

The truth is the truth
I am afraid to confront our neighbor
We have moved too many times

Let us go over there calmly
not blaming, but seeking a solution
just talking, not yelling

There is a serious problem
that cannot be ignored

As your body slowly begins to break down you suddenly realize, I may not have much time. No one knows when that final moment will come. Then you can either give up on life or not, you can either reach out to the world or remain in your… Read full post »