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:


New York Daily News

'Montreal Before Spring' captures seasons in the city with emotion and ...
New York Daily News
A thread of romanticism throbs beneath Melançon's poetry: He writes the “whole city's/ an alcove where I go to meet you.” In “Eden,” Melançon seems to be speaking directly to Charles Baudelaire's “Be Drunk”: Melançon writes, “You go forth, be drunk on ...


Hartford Courant

Sergio Becomes Glastonbury's First Poet Laureate
Hartford Courant
The laureate will serve as an "advocate for poetry and promote the appreciation of and participation in poetry and literary arts activities among Glastonbury's residents." Sergio said she will "take the summer" to plan public poetry presentations and ...


UNO professor wins two awards for a book of poetry to be published next year
The New Orleans Advocate
University of New Orleans English professor Carolyn Hembree has won two awards for a book of poetry. “Rigging a Chevy Into a Time Machine and Other Ways to Escape a Plague” is slated to be published next spring by Trio House Press. Neil Shepard ...


NDTV

PM Modi Presents Uzbek President Amir Khusrau's Poetry
NDTV
Tashkent: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presented Uzbek President Islam Karimov a specially commissioned reproduction of the "Khamsa-i-Khusrau" quintet by the great 13th century Sufi poet Amir Khusrau. Amir Khusrau was born in Uttar ...

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Royal Gazette

The art of storytelling in poetry
Royal Gazette
His poetry collection, Running the Dusk, was praised at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival in Suffolk, England. It was also shortlisted as a Best First Book for the 2010 Forward Poetry Prize in the UK. The University of Toronto professor was recently here ...


WHQR

"Maytle's World": History, Poetry, & Performance by the NC Poet Laureate
WHQR
Stephenson is an award-winning poet with over a dozen published books. Former Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti said he is truly the "voice of North Carolina," while UNC Professor and poet Paul Jones said "there could be no one more representative of North ...
Poet laureate pens playThe Robesonian

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Vietnamese Globe: Divided by War, United by Poetry and Compassion
Dissident Voice
The day after my arrival in Hanoi, I read my poetry at the Center for East West Languages and Cultures. We were celebrating the anthology, With Our Eyes Wide Open edited by Douglas Valentine. On a banner behind me was the title of the anthology ...

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Florida Today

Florida Frontiers: Cowboy poet "tells it like it was"
Florida Today
Hank Mattson is known as the "Cracker Cowboy Poet" who "tells it like it was." A native of Lake Placid in Highlands County, Mattson recites his poetry and discusses Florida's pioneer culture at libraries, schools and festivals throughout the state ...


Fremont News Messenger

From prose to poetry, groups help writers polish their skills
Fremont News Messenger
CLYDE – The Clyde Public Library's writers' group that formed last year has since split into two groups — a prose and a poetry group. Adult services librarian Jill McCullough leads the poetry group, and library clerk Rachel Henck is in charge of the ...


Westword

Manual High School's Gentrification Project Inspires Poetry by Students
Westword
In the current Westword cover story, artist Lauri Lynnxe Murphy (who writes about her Mayday Experiment here every Tuesday) talks about the changing area where she lives, the Whittier neighborhood, and describes how a class of students from Manual ...

Google News

Lamenting Poetic Moods [six Poems]

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Old skin, once held tight Against her skeleton- Rose no... Read More

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Two Poems and an Analysis [?Witness,? & ?An Old Love?]

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Way of Life: Rhymes of the Inca [four poems: see in Spanish and English NOW!]

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Four Poems: Harvest of Apoplectic Horses [Katrinas Pathway]

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When I am climbing up, you are stepping down. When... Read More

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Shaking out the Rugs [Following the Poet]

Let's follow the poet to his Hell and heaven! Count... Read More

Caught in the Arms of ED

YOU MIGHT THINK I AM STRONGI THINK YOU GOT IT... Read More

Two Poems on the Traditions of Peru [in English and Spanish]

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A Hundred and Fifty Dead [Korean War--l952]

There I sat, ninety-five degree weatherOutside; the bookstore caf, was... Read More

The Ballad of: Brawling Mad-dog Sergeant Rook [Now in: SPANISH and English]

English VersionA bunch of us guys in the hutIn ?Nam... Read More

Preserving Dignity

No one should have to beg or crawl before humanity.... Read More

Kafka Re-Trial

Kafka lands resurrected in Crewe deposited by a silvery alien... Read More

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Our Home

Our home was warm in the shade of the trees... Read More

Two Poems, with Figurative Language

Says Mr. Dennis Siluk, when asked to review his poetry... Read More

Testimony to the Night [In English and Spanish]

In the quiet of the arctic night- In its deep... Read More

Five Mixed Poems, with Notes [now is Spanish and English]

1.Night in Jamaica [Peruvianism: 1810]It was a rainy night... Read More