Patrick Frank

Patrick Frank
Arden, North Carolina, USA
September 26
Beckoning Dove Press
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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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 »

DECEMBER 5, 2014 11:42AM

Keepin' on Keepin' On

I keep writing, though it may be the last time
but no one knows the future, do they

or what the next ten minutes may bring

Like ballplayers keep on playing
whether they are losing orwinning

and the best of them
give it all they'vegot/

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I am thinking a lot about entropy lately, the tendency in a system for things to break down and devolve into a state of disorder. This physics concept, of course, has application to our lives. How do we counter this tendency? It seems to me, through the application of intelligence as… Read full post »

DECEMBER 4, 2014 11:27PM

Our Old Clock, Resurrected

This old clock sat in the garage for years

buried under cartons of books and this and that

Ignored, yes, but it just kept on ticking

We rescued it from it's dungeon one day

and set it down in the living room, on the coffee table

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When someone feels their life is over
When someone can't find their way back home
When someone seems completely lost...

What do you do or say?
Do you say, "It will be ok?"
Do you run away?

Do you hang in there with them?
Do you hang in and feel the depth
of their pain?

Do you hold their hand… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2014 10:33AM

Compensating for Disabilities

Since my vision seems to be gradually fading, I read shorter passages, then put a book down, or read half of a long essay. Well, my eyes just get tired more easily, I guess.

We adjust to our disabilities. I have adjusted to my knee problems,… Read full post »

DECEMBER 2, 2014 7:35PM

"Please Remember Me"

There is a very good song by Tim McGraw, "Please Remember Me." We all have this desire to be remembered by those whom we consider are significant others. But it doesn't always work out that way. The other person may not share this feeling of significance

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DECEMBER 2, 2014 4:59PM

Dreamed I was Leaving My Mom's

Dreamed I was leaving my mom's
long before she wanted me to

I see her sad eyes. I see
her loneliness

Nothing I can do
Have to move on

I can't save her from loneliness
Wish I could, but I'm caught up

in my own chaotic journey...
That was 20 years ago

DECEMBER 2, 2014 6:58AM

One Song (poetry)

Alone in the night
So many pathways
to walk down

You wait and wait
listening to the heater
kick on

At least you know
the only answer comes
from the spirit

deep inside


One song
can open a window
to the soul

One person
can restore
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DECEMBER 1, 2014 11:11PM

An Old Cafe Customer

An old cafe customer watches
every manager come and go...

the good ones and the bad
the cruel ones and the kind

He watches the workers come and go, too

If you wait long enough, you will see
that good and evil will change places

In this world of ours , moving so fast

The old cafe customer wonders
what's… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2014 11:32AM

Character Ed. for adults

Character Ed. is usually aimed at school kids. But adults need it just as badly, perhaps even more so. Here are some of the points relevant to adulthood:

*Refuse to be a propagandist; be a truth-teller.
*Don't pretend you know something if you don't.
*Realize that everyone must come to their own sense o… Read full post »

Robert, my friend, driving the big rigs
into the blinding snows of Minnesota

Heather, his lover, working two jobs
waiting on tables, surviving on tips

They bought our trailer
a dream she had forever

to have her own place
her own space

Everyone has this deep

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NOVEMBER 30, 2014 1:55PM

Silence (poetry)

Silence is sometimes the best answer

Silence is sometimes no answer at all

sometimes silence takes you to deeper meditation

Sometimes silence can restore your soul


Silence, it can be as painful as a vicious blow

Silence can signify every vital thing you doRead full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2014 2:14AM

Driving Alone Along Dark Streets

She's driving alone
along dark streets, surrounded
by blinding light

Got to keep going
can't stop to reflect
It hurts too much

O you can get lost in the city in a heartbeat
and you know, the time clock of the universe
never stops, never stops

and you can't stop either
It hurts too much to consider
the course of… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 28, 2014 9:14AM

We All Have These Psychological Needs

We all have a need for someone to watch over us from time to time. We also have a similar need for TLC. We all have a need for some to listen to us with a completely open mind. We all have a need for someone to express unconditional love to… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 27, 2014 6:20AM

Time with My Son

Talking to my son in the pre-dawn
Intruder orange cat yowling in the darkness
Catching up, bantering

Mike going back to sleep
while I listen to the tick of our clock
time gradually slipping away

Good he is here
Good we can share
these moments

Sometimes I

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