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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I bought a U2 CD and am looking forward to listening to it in the car as we travel through the West. Reading Jewel's poetry and am so impressed. So turned off by politics, so much about strategy and winning, especially as presented by the cable news channels, so little about… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2014 8:06AM

Ghostly Dreams

Dreamed someone published a novel
in my dad's name, a warning dream

and my father's spirit floating around

I've been thinking about him a lot lately
Someone, I feel he is traveling with us

through the Rockies, unfamiliar territory
but stunning in its vastness and ghosts

of the past, endless freight trai… Read full post »

JUNE 21, 2014 4:45AM

Thinking and Writing as We Travel

Up in the middle of the night. Cannot sleep. Oh, well. Might as well do some writing. I love Wyoming. Beautiful state. We are in the mountains now, 8k+ elevation. Bought the City of Angels soundtrack, very good, including a U2 song and Angel by Sarah McLaughlin. I never saw the… Read full post »

JUNE 20, 2014 11:38AM

Dreams Can Shape the Future

Dream of errors in judgment
Warning not to head them off
at the pass

Settle down, take care of business
think ahead, make good decisions
even if risky

going into them with eyes open

Risk is sometimes necessary
but it must be well-considered risk
understanding the consequences

acting with care, correcting m… Read full post »

JUNE 15, 2014 4:49AM

New poetry compilation, 6/15/14

A night bird calling at twilight

The day winding down

Time to punch that internal time clock

Let go of anxieties, relax,

And do something that you just enjoy









 … Read full post »

JUNE 11, 2014 4:17PM

The Idea Is... (prose-poetry)



The idea is to keep on keepin' on

to not give up, to be your own self

to take some risks but not all risks


to reach out, but if you receive rejection back

to not let it eat away at… Read full post »

JUNE 10, 2014 12:43PM

The Hot-Air Balloon (poetry)

I keep on going to sleep

and waking up and talking back

to characters in the dreams


It doesn't scare me

I'm not hurting anyone


I'm hearing voices

but I have to believe

this too will pass

 … Read full post »

JUNE 9, 2014 6:47PM

Came Back to Life (poetry)

I came back to life at dusk
Heard the cry of the dove

Cooled the house down
Straightened things up

Faced some hard truths
Got rid of headache

Played some Tom Petty
"Runnin' Down a Dream'

I came back to life at dusk
Heard the cry of the dove Read full post »

What would I do without my car
riding through the pre-dawn
down the highway

heading for my favorite coffee shop

listen to my favorite artists, like Bruce Springsteen
U2, Bob Dylan, riding alone, feeling free, reflecting,
the road almost empty, the past, present, future

flowing throug… Read full post »

JUNE 8, 2014 7:23AM

Better in a Crisis (prose-poetry)

When things start to fall apart
I get very calm, I focus body and mind
I'm better in a crisis, don't know why

I get very quiet inside myself
start to listen to bird cries at dawn
feel a new day rising

another chance to get it right Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2014 12:41PM

Time to Let Go

A time to engage with problems
and a time to let go, completely

Let go of all of them
Give yourself a rest

There are problems that cannot be solved
right away, some that cannot be solved at all
Sometimes only a change of attitude will do,

a realization that not everything
is in our control,… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2014 6:13AM

Finally Found My Music

I finally found my music
great artists, great songs

the music that transforms me
Now I no longer looking beauty
in the face, in the eyes

I no longer fear beauty
because of the great artists
great songs

and in there somewhere
my own beauty and song Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2014 4:42AM

Down at the Stop and Go

Down of at Stop and Go

the muck-a-mucks don't show up

the very poor, working poor do


and I do


Sometimes I feel like

I don'[t fit in anywhere


I have been poor

I have been middle class… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2014 4:36AM

The Nature of Trust

I think that there are two kinds of trust. One is one based on feelings. The other is one you intentionally place in another human being, just as there are several kinds of love: agape, intentional, romantic. We need more than one word for trust in English, but due to the… Read full post »

JUNE 3, 2014 3:07AM

Quiet Night, More Than Quiet

Quiet night, more than quiet
Totally still out back at 2 a.m.

Totally still inside, too

Even the cats are not bugging me
I need the silence, need to just rest

in the stillness

Now suddenly my psyche goes
to the muffled sound of waves

on the ocean

like music turned down low
allowing my… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2014 6:39PM

Tokens of Love (poetry)

To live well, and die well
To not dump my problems
on anyone else

To offer forgiveness and to forgive
To share poems and songs, tokens
of my love Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2014 2:19PM

The Mask of the Entitled (poetry)

There are people who open physical doors for each other
who wouldn't think of opening the door of opportunity
for another soul       

Who would'nt think of offering forgiveness, who would not consider offering an apology.

They stand at the door of a café
and l… Read full post »

JUNE 2, 2014 6:30AM

"I Ain't Wastin' No More Time"

I turn on the news, then turn it off fast
I think I know what's going on anyway

A prisoner is being released
Who can complain about that?

It's a quiet dawn in the Blue Ridge
Birds are singing, not a blade of grass stirring
I feel peaceful inside

Listening to 80s music, why not?
The… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2014 3:53PM

Why Are We So Afraid...

"I won't back down, I won't back
Hey, baby, there ain't no easy way out
I know what's right. I got just one life"
Tom Petty

Why are we so afraid of truth
Why are we so afraid of beauty

Why are we so afraid of bullies
Bullies are nothing but cowards at heart
Tell them… Read full post »

JUNE 1, 2014 2:24PM

My Politics in a Nutshell

My politics in a nutshell:
Gridlock is unnecessary
Dialogue is possible
So is compromise
and is not a dirty word
Schism is destructive
America is at a crossroads
Either we learn to trust each other
while sticking to our principles
or the nation will descend
into a kind of social chaos
My politics in a nutshell… Read full post »

MAY 31, 2014 4:44PM

Sound of the Tree Frogs (poetry)

Suddenly, I heard the first tree frogs
of the season at dawn, singing in unison
the sound healing my spirit

for some reason healing my spirit

I remember them singing night after night
in Kingstree, South Carolina, reassuring
that everything is going to be alright

There is more, much more to life
than the… Read full post »

Wherever you are
I hope you are OK

I wish we could have been closer
I wish we had not drifted apart

I wish we could have broken down
the barrier between us, the wall
of misunderstanding


The image that remains with me
is of your car parked behind
a bar at dawn… Read full post »

Before I lost my innocence,
did things I never should have done
the world was a Hardy Boy's book

I was Frank or Joe or Chet Morton
or Bill Hooper or Tony Prito or Phil Cohen
all rolled up into one

solving mysteries alongside my dad
saving good people, apprehending the bad...
That was before I lost… Read full post »

Hard to see your own ego
Often it can be years later
You gain some insight

after you have made a fool of yourself
or hurt someone, years later you see
what an egotistical fool you were

Hopefully now, you are more mindful
and stop the craziness before it starts full post »

There was this do-gooder
who swooped in on my mom's
three room flat

to investigate how dirty
the place had become

I remember him poking around
in the closet for some reason

pretending to be there to help
but he only snooped around once
and never came back

He never came back

I remember he had a… Read full post »