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:


Opinionator | Poetry Kept My Patient Alive
New York Times (blog)
Steve, my patient, fancied himself a poet, first and foremost. Brilliant, yet sadly bedeviled by schizoaffective disorder — a condition somewhere between schizophrenia and bipolar — he feared he would die before his gift was discovered. “I think I'm ...


Salt Lake Tribune

Utah Cowboy Poetry Festival is 'dad burn' fun
Salt Lake Tribune
(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Jay "Bo" Dean from Helena, Montana, plays his guitar at the Cowboy Legends Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival at the Fielding-Garr Ranch on Antelope Island, Saturday, May 23, 2015.


Asheville Citizen-Times

Book thief vents rage on laureate's poetry with shotgun
Asheville Citizen-Times
Two-time U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins has been blasted by critics before but never this literally. Miegan and Chan Gordon, the veteran booksellers of rare and used books at The Captain's Bookshelf, have the proof that poetry, long mourned as dead ...

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Press of Atlantic City

Somers Point's poet laureate to play key role in Memorial Day service
Press of Atlantic City
Maria Provenzano, of Somers Point was officially named Poet Laureate for the city. One of her public duties will include a reading of the classic, tragic World War I poem, In Flanders Field, during the Memorial Day ceremony held Monday at Patriot Park.


TheChronicleHerald.ca

Powerful language fires poetry of Clarke in Traverse
TheChronicleHerald.ca
One of Canada's most celebrated living poets, George Elliott Clarke, marks 30 years of illustrious versifying in Traverse. Released a year ago, this retrospective book provides a personal, first-hand glimpse into the making of Africadia's foremost poet ...


Redding Record Searchlight

Amber Tamblyn writes book of poetry about dead actresses
Redding Record Searchlight
In this Feb. 1, 2014 file photo, Amber Tamblyn arrives at the Writers Guild Awards, in Los Angeles. Tamblyn's new book of poetry called “Dark Sparkler” (Harper Perennial) is a downer, a magnifying glass about the way we immortalize particularly young ...


Omaha World-Herald

Ted Kooser's 'American Life in Poetry' (May 24)
Omaha World-Herald
Poets often do their best work when they're telling us about something they've seen without stepping into the poem and talking about themselves. Here's a lovely poem of observation by Terri Kirby Erickson, who lives in North Carolina. Hospital Parking Lot.
Modern costumes make for an ill fit to Shakespeare's poetryThe Keene Sentinel
Friday Finishers: One poet's missionThe Herald Journal

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The Australian

Les Murray finds brevity in poetry anthology Waiting for the Past
The Australian
More than a few readers of Australian poetry must have observed the recent dual commemorations of Gallipoli and the Armenian genocide and thought of Fredy Neptune, Les Murray's 1998 verse novel whose protagonist, Fred Boettcher, witnesses the ...


Reconstructing two poets who suffered taking the middle path
Buffalo News
Here are two 20th century American poets who took the path less traveled – the middle path – and their reputations suffered for it, at least during their lifetimes. But now major retrospectives are underway, rebuilding their reputations. And showing ...


The Quietus

The Body Poetic: An Interview With Luna Miguel
The Quietus
Emily Berry speaks to Spanish poet, editor and journalist Luna Miguel - via a translation by Electric Cereal editor Luis Silva - about the personal significance of mermaids and tattoos, life, death, community, why inspiration is like orgasm, and guts ...

Google News

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