Growing

Growing hurts sometimes;

saying goodbye to friends,

to things you've known and done

to things you wanted to do.

Growing heals sometimes

the shattered dreams and hopes

of a life you once knew

leading you to a new knowledge of yourself.

Growing is fun sometimes

meeting new friends

learning new things

making changes that feel good and moving on.

Growing is necessary always.

Without change there is stagnation

death instead of life.

To choose to live is to choose to grow.

Copyright 2002

Fran is a Career Counsellor, Workshop Developer and Facilitator and e-zine Editor. You can sign up for her ezine at get_free_info_here_@getresponse.com or check out her website for more information www.franwatson.ca

In The News:


Poetry, Arts Unlock Our Understanding Of Life
Hartford Courant
In high schools and colleges, poetry cannot be pushed aside by an acute focus on mathematics and science. Although these subjects are important for the future of the American worker and economy, we must simultaneously embrace the arts — poetry and ...


Boston Globe

'Dear Elizabeth': Poetry, letters, and the spaces in between
Boston Globe
Drawing on the 800 pages of letters that Robert Lowell and Elizabeth Bishop wrote each other, as published in the 2008 compilation “Words in Air,” Pulitzer finalist Ruhl has devised a delicate dance of distance and desire as the two American poets ...
Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop: The Lyric Stage Puts Poetry In Motion For ...WBUR

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The wit, wisdom and poetry of Hunter Pence
ESPN (blog)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With his mop of curly hair, pants hiked up above his knees and energetic style of play, Hunter Pence is a fan favorite not just in San Francisco but across the country. Fans in out-of-town cities began bringing clever Hunter Pence ...


Real people: Life of sexagenarian centers around poetry
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thirty years ago, Veach brought his love of poetry and the arts to Atlanta where he's managed to keep verse at the forefront of his activity. Along the way, he earned a library science degree and spent 14 years as the head of reference for the Atlanta ...


Ah, the poetry of the law!
Washington Post
I often used to tell the law students in my classes that they should read more poetry, because nothing hones one's skill at extracting meaning from text better than reading poetry, and extracting meaning from texts is one of the things lawyers have to ...


Merced College poetry reading to honor the dead
Merced Sun-Star
Alarcon is a Chicano poet with published poetry and children's books. He is also the director of the native Spanish-speaking department at the University of California, Davis. Rodríguez is a community and social activist, writer, teacher and former ...

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Talking Poetry With Cass McCombs
PGH City Paper
"The poetry section in any bookstore is always the most neglected," he says. This is probably sage advice coming from a man who is both well acquainted with classic texts — some of his more obvious references are taken from the "Song of Solomon" and ...


Dailyuw

Poetry by the penny
Dailyuw
William Curtis and Trip Waterhouse, street poets by trade, set up The Poem Store every Saturday morning at the U-District Farmers Market. It is a humble operation that consists of an umbrella, two folding chairs, two typewriters, and a sign reading ...


Poetry boxes encourage north shore readers to take literary pause
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com
Poetry fans who relish moments of still contemplation or appreciation for the written word might want to seek out the newest public literary feature being created for north shore residents: poetry boxes. Serving as tiny public displays of work by ...


'Queer Amusements' on Staten Island: Burlesque, music, poetry and visual art ...
Staten Island Advance - SILive.com
"Kala Lolo" is the name of this weekend's installment in her "A Night of Queer Amusement" series. It includes burlesque, music, poetry and visual art at Deep Tanks Studio. Translated in Hawaiian, Kala Lolo means "rough and crazy" — certainly an ...

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