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:


Telegraph.co.uk

National Poetry Day: children must learn poetry by heart
Telegraph.co.uk
We all agree, surely – memorising poetry is a Good Thing, and children ought to do it. I say, “We all agree,” because it's so much easier to assume it's a Good Thing than to have to explain why. The reasons tend to be too dreamy and tribal and worthy.
National Poetry Day: six of today's best young female poetsShiny Shiny
Clive James on his late flowering: 'I am in the slightly embarrassing position ...Spectator.co.uk

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Helena Bonham Carter reads Christina Rossetti's Song poem for National Poetry ...
Telegraph.co.uk
Among the many events taking place on the day include a poetic takeover of Covent Garden Tube Station in London, where poems will be read out over the tanoy, a poetry film and live performances of new commissions to commemorate the First World War ...


BBC News

Dylan Thomas poem animated for National Poetry Day
BBC News
A poem by Dylan Thomas has been brought to life in a short animated film to mark National Poetry Day. Michael Sheen narrates The Hunchback in the Park for the movie by award-winning Aardman Animations for BBC Wales. Sheen said the film brought the ...
BBC Wales premieres Aardman Animations created short film of Dylan Thomas's ...The Drum

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The Guardian

Why poetry belongs to us all
The Guardian
Perhaps I should feel offended by this reaction to my novel, but actually, I completely understand. Poetry isn't the language of the masses. In schools it's often taught as an isolated unit, as though it's not part of regular literature, and in the ...


The Guardian

Kei Miller wins Forward poetry prize
The Guardian
The Jamaican poet Kei Miller has won the prestigious Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2014 for his “standout” book based on dialogue between a mapmaker striving to impose order on an unfamiliar land and a “Rasta-man” who queries his ...
Jamaican poet Kei Miller wins £10000 Forward PrizeTelegraph.co.uk
Poet's verse has chance to fit the billOxford Mail

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The Guardian

National Poetry Day 2014: a celebration in pottery, pizzas and popular memory
The Guardian
On the day itself, a star lineup, including the author Julia Donaldson and the poet and comedian John Hegley, will take part in the Poetry Society's National Poetry Day Live, taking over the Royal Festival Hall again for an afternoon of films and ...

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The Independent

National Poetry Day: The primary where poetry is in motion
The Independent
Today is National Poetry Day, and there is no better proof that the subject is alive and well in British schools than at Highfield school, a primary in the north London borough of Enfield.It has appointed its own poet in residence, Cheryl Moskowitz ...


Political poetry in Russia: 1990s – 2000s
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Many poets who had become successful during Soviet times turned to nostalgic, even passionate, poems about the Russia they believed had died during Perestroika and Yeltsin's subsequent transition to democracy. Their protests ranged from the broad ...


Daily Nebraskan

Poetry at the Moon regular shares stories of trauma work
Daily Nebraskan
Such was the case this past Monday at the Crescent Moon's weekly literary open mic, Poetry at the Moon. Monday night, the Crescent Moon hosted a release party for the Autumn issue of the local quarterly literary magazine, Lincoln Underground. Most of ...

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In Modi's visit to MLK memorial, a touch of diplomatic poetry
Washington Post
It was a moment of sheer diplomatic poetry. When President Obama showed India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi around the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Tuesday, history seemed to come full circle. Many Indians take pride in the fact that King drew ...

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Google News

The Time Has Come and Buzzing

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Ocean Heal Me

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The Last King of Mars [A Poetic Mytho]

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Contract of Death [Now: in SPANISH and English]

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Exalted Poetry; Two poem [and commentary]

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Satirical Poetry About Tony Blair

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RISK

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A Death in Cajamarca, Peru (Atahualpa, in Cajamarca ((in English and Spanish))

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Ode To Quetzalcoatal [Now in Spanish and English]

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Three Poems [Lima; Judges and Evils Creation]

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Three Poems and Paradise Lost [One for Hell, One for Heaven one for an Inca King]

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Wondering

How I wonder what he's doing as I sit alone... Read More

Thank You To Our Soldiers And A Tribute To Old Glory And A Prayer For Peace

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Asha of Darfur [A poem with a commentary by the author]

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Colorful Talk

"I heard what you said, Red. Yet, I have to... Read More

Top 20 Poetry Quotations

Explore the meaning of poetry and the motivation of poets... Read More

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What can I do to keep this world in its... Read More

Robert Burns Love Poem: A Red, Red Rose

Robert Burns, a poor man, an educated man, and a... Read More

Tale of the: Old Hunter and the Golden Hare [In SPANISH and English now]

There once lived an old man and his goodwife On... Read More