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

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New York Times
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RIVERSIDE: Veteran publishes first poetry book
Press-Enterprise
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Mail Tribune
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The Guardian

Marrying couples increasingly wrap requests for money in bad poetry
The Guardian
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The Guardian

Mirror honours first world war fallen with poetry supplement
The Guardian
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Wakefield Express
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New York Times

Does Poetry Matter?
New York Times
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Poetry and Literature Calendar (July 27-Aug. 2)
Buffalo News
Tuesday, 8 to 9 p.m.: The Buffalo Infringement Festival presents “I don't do Slam,” a mix of spoken word and textual poetry by Marek P. Parker. El Museo, 91 Allen St. Additional performance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday at 1045 Elmwood Gallery for the ...


TAKE HEART: A Conversation in Poetry
Press Herald
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate. An important challenge for poets in each generation is to renew verse forms inherited from the past. Here Portland's Betsy Sholl, departing from her characteristic free verse, updates the ...

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BBC News

Poetry 'ViewMaster' show targets an audience of one
BBC News
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Google News

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