We Will Be Okay
We sat in the church parking lot and the minister
never showed up. We drove to a pancake house and on
the way I told a lot of jokes. Then we drove around
Eastern Connecticut looking for yard sales. When I
stood up for you at work, you said, a coldness
Soon I will play basketball at twilight. You will
practice walking meditation. Whatever happens on the
job, we will be okay
Patrick Frank: I am a published poet-songwriter and essayist from Middletown, CT, USA. I have served as a counselor and advocate for the poor in New England, the South, and on the Zuni Indian reservation in New Mexico. I am now working with mental health clients in Connecticut.
I am Bipolar and have been in treatment of this disorder since 1999. I have also experienced homelessness.
I have been strongly influenced by international poetry and Eastern philosophy. I published a periodical of Eastern forms of poetry, and aesthetic philosophy, Point Judith Light, during the 1990’s.
In my work, I strive for clarity, depth, a microcosmic aspect, and a kaleidoscopic effect. I focus on the sense of mystery that is embodied in ordinary experience and reality. I would like my poetry to be accessible, while avoiding superficiality.
My creativity is stimulated by dream material, music, great cinema, physical activity, and exposure to nature. I often touch upon social justice themes, the experience of poverty and homelessness, sport, and my work with the disabled. I also explore ethical challenges that lead to personal growth.
Matthew Burkett Julie Clark Deidre Elizabeth Mario Melendez Patrick Frank