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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SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 8:59PM

The Place of the Artist in America

The fact is that most artists (in the broad sense) have a hard time receiving compensation for their work in the USA, at least. This is a fact of life that we must live with, while doing the best we can to gain compensation through the internet or otherwise. This problemRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 7:34AM

Designing Life Post-Homelessness

Designing the Post-Homeless Period

It is important to make good preparations for the post-homeless period. My rehab program helped me to save the money I needed for a rental deposit. My first place was nothing more than a room in a rooming house in Northampton. Then I rented a smallRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 28, 2014 7:34AM

Designing Life Post-Homelessness

Designing the Post-Homeless Period

It is important to make good preparations for the post-homeless period. My rehab program helped me to save the money I needed for a rental deposit. My first place was nothing more than a room in a rooming house in Northampton. Then I rented a smallRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 27, 2014 8:54PM

The Ballad of Joe Malone, revised


The Ballad of Joe Malone and Me


When Joe Malone rides out one night exploring destiny

Will fate demand he sell his pride or share his love for free?

His father drank himself to death somewhere in Albany Did fate demand he binge alone,Read full post »

Up before dawn
Up before the next chapter
of the book of my life

Where do I go from here
Where does the world go from here?
I'm not a prophet, I'm just a man

I worry about our children
I worry about our grandchildren
The world seems crazy… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 25, 2014 5:50AM

The Homeless Individual and Social Action

The Homeless Individual and Social Action

Certainly, there are many social issues in the USA that impinge in the lives of the homeless, including, but not limited to, relative lack of employment opportunity, inadequate minimum wage, lack of affordable housing, prejudice against the homeless as wellRead full post »

Well Past Midnight, depicting the poet’s gradual side into homelessness


By Patrick Frank




Introductory Note

I am a poet-essayist and advocate for the poor, currently engaged in freelance writingRead full post »

On Helping the Homeless

Of all the people involved in helping the homeless: professionals, family, friends, the homeless themselves, on a peer basis, none is more important than the homeless person him or herself. While other play a key role, in this helping task, self-motivation is by far the mostRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 1:47PM

Help for the Person in Pre-Homelessness

"When the going get tough, the tough get going"
A good sport concept, but it has wider implications
What we call "copers" have this capacity

I will count myself among them

But we also have a tendency 
to ease up too much
when things are going our way

HowRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 5:47PM

We need political moderation in the USA

I am gratified that the United States is stepping in with a humanitarian mission to help the people of Sierra Leone. And also thankful that Democrats and Republicans could agree on SOMETHING and put partisanship aside.


Yes, it is in our national interest for the Ebola epidemic toRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 5:25AM

The Perfect Open Mic: A New Song

I'm searchin' for that perfect open mic
somewhere down in the art section of town
where the lights are kept low and the people are warm
and the music is homespun and passionate
the feeling it shares will never let you down

I'm searchin' for that perfect open mic
searchin'… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 17, 2014 5:50AM

Dream of the Authority

Dreamed the authority
came in to inspect our house
just like when I was a kid

A man came in to see
just how far down my mom
had fallen

I remember him
poking around our closet
looking for booze

I knew she hid the vodka
in her dresser drawer

Well, there are still the authorities
poking around,/

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We are all closer
to homelessness
than we think

Life is replete
with imponderables
and uncertainty

The question is
how will we deal with homelessness
when it appears in our timeline

Will we give up on life
or set forth on a new pathway
of living?

Will we give up on ourselves
or discover the beauty and streng/

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2014 8:03AM

Contradictions of the South (poetry)

Lost on the Blue Ridge
I drive North, then South
then find an exit

Ask three guys 
in a pick-up truck
for directions

They offer to lead me back
to Hendersonville Road

They are shirtless with tatoos
baseball caps and missing teeth

They have a rebel flag… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 12:39PM

Not Skating on Thin Ice Any More (poetry)

I've skated on thin ice many times in my life
Playing without a second thought
with the sharp end of a knife

I'm not like that any more
I have a reason to live
I have something to give
back to the world of the living
back to the innocents
and back to my friends

Way too

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2014 3:57AM

That's My Song

Up in the middle of the night again
Not following doctor's orders
Oh, well, I'll just lay out the truth 
for him next week
I'm too old to play games
When I'm right, I'm right
When I'm wrong, I'm wrong
When I'm lonely, I'm lonely
When I'm strong, I'm strong
I'm too old to play games
Too old to keep up/… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 4:08AM

In the Here and Now (poetry)

The past is like a dream

I can return to it but not make any changes

It is like watching a movie


Sometimes I want to intervene

and change a host of decisions

I made back then


 But this is not possible

The past is the past, set in… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 3:58PM

The Creative Community Will Live On

The administrators have vanished

 but the creative community remains

Their voices will not be stilled


Their visions will live on

forever in cyberspace


and will travel

to the far reaches

of the cosmos 




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Homelessness does not happen overnight. In the vast majority of cases, it represents a long slide down economically, emotionally, in terms of relations or jobs. That's why I assert that people who want to understand homelessness or help the homeless study the evolution of this condition. Post homeles… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 4:53PM

AA Day for Strength and Action

Saw a hawk today
soaring in the woods
beside Route 25

When I see a hawk
to me it symbolizes strength
and I was strong today

There is a time for reflection
and a time for action

Today was a time for action
but as Ravi said, each… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 3:28AM

A Pivotal Day (prose-poetry)

A steady cool rain falling all night
Feels like the beginning of fall
and I'm ready

This is a day of transition and preparation
This is a day for creativity and planning

This is a day for good music
This is a day for meditation

This is also a day to break ground
that must/

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2014 1:41PM

Social Class, Mobility and Anxiety

Sometimes Americans worry about where they fit on the social class scale. Are they middle class or higher than that or lower? Are they blue-collar or professional? Are they considered to be underclass? Some experience this confusion as an identity crisis. This kind of anxiety is understandable in ou

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SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 5:15PM

Dealing with Disability and Aging

Dealing with disability and aging: I am finally getting used to my walker. I rejected it for a long time, feeling that it symbolizes steady decline to total incapacity. I have always been sensitive to stereotypes about seniors, anything that would tend to set them apart from the human race

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Wicked storm tonight
like the storm of transitioning
from hospital to home

Good to acknowledge
when you are knocked off-balance
rather than pretend 

you have it all together

A simple concept
sometimes I am balanced
sometimes not

The worst thing
is to be in denial
of problems… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 3, 2014 3:02AM

The Painting (poetry)

A painting on the wall
with a message no one sees
except you

It hurts a lot
No one else knows
about this

Well you've only
told one person--
your wife

The painting
brings back memories
of regret

Well, I will tell my therapist
and work with… Read full post »