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

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MiamiHerald.com

An ode to your ZIP code kicks off O, Miami's poetry festival
MiamiHerald.com
Fernandez wrote her poem for ZIP Odes, a collaboration between WLRN and O, Miami, the poetry festival now in its fourth year. The poem's form is simple: A Haiku-like poem built around your ZIP code. The number of words per line and the number of lines ...

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NPR (blog)

A Teacher's Moment: Finding 'The Essence Of Poetry'
NPR (blog)
I'm not sure what is at the root of their inability to connect, but being able to work together is the most crucial element of hosting our annual Poetry Nights. These are a big deal at Combs High School, and the seniors in this class plan and organize ...

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Press Herald

A rallying cry for poetry
Press Herald
Tony Hoagland understands why you don't like poetry – or why you think you don't. It has to do with the way generations of Americans were introduced to poetry in school. It was boring and tedious and emphasized memorizing lines instead of figuring out ...

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The Guardian

Hollie Poetry: woman versus world – one poem at a time
The Guardian
Long before she quit her day job and adopted the stage name Hollie Poetry, Hollie McNish was scribbling poems on whatever surface she could find. She started at the age of four, and when we meet she is clutching a folder full of her teenage work. “They ...
AT THE LIBRARY: Library celebrates poetry monthRapid City Journal
Gulzar: As a poet, I think I write intelligently, but I'm not an intellectualScroll.in
There is lots to celebrate in April at the libraryThe Daily Star

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Sioux City Journal

Words that matter: East High student uses poetry for social change
Sioux City Journal
All he knows, is that Sodom and Gomorrah were leveled by brimstone, why is Ferguson still standing? / Why is Mississippi still standing?why are we still standing on the sidelines, watching our nation's children be slaughtered under a regime who sees ...


'Poetry saved my life' Professor Tamara Oakman talks about poetry, healing and ...
The Reporter
Her work has been featured in the Painted Bride Quarterly, Philadelphia Stories and the Fox Chase and Mad Poets reviews. She performs her poetry, fiction, non-fiction and dramas in Philadelphia and surrounding areas and is the co-founder and co-editor ...


The Vermont Standard

Poetry Reading With Poet Laureate Sydney Lea, Tuesday
The Vermont Standard
Sydney Lea will read from his forthcoming 12th book of poems, “No Doubt the Nameless,” as well as from even newer work and from prior poetry collections Tuesday March 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Norman Williams Public Library. He will also read one or ...


Salisbury Post

Catawba's English and music departments host evening of Irish poetry and music
Salisbury Post
On Tuesday, April 7, Catawba College's English and music departments will host an evening of Irish poetry and music, beginning at 7 p.m. in Tom Smith Auditorium in Ketner Hall. The evening, which is free and open to the public, will feature ...


Yorkshire Post

School poetry project gets Halifax pupils well versed
Yorkshire Post
Poet Keith Hutson said: “Both Warley Road School and St Mary's have thrown themselves into it and I've watched the children respond to poetry, grow in performance confidence, and produce work that is not only well-crafted but funny and profound.”.


Poetry and Literature Calendar (March 29-April 4)
Buffalo News
Tuesday, 7:30 P.M.: SUNY Empire State College Appletree Series open reading featuring poet and prose writer Martha Deed reading her “poetry of witness,” exploring the differences between journalism and poetry. Additional reading slots available. Empire ...

Google News

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Article on Poetry and Two Poems

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