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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In The News:


New York Times

Review: 'Social Security,' the Heroic Poetry of Solitude
New York Times
As in her earlier plays, “Vision Disturbance” and “Adult,” Ms. Masciotti mines the banalities of everyday chatter for heroic poetry. Set largely in working-class Pennsylvania, in towns forgotten by time, her uneventful dramas seem to be composed of ...


Traverse City Record Eagle

ON POETRY The other side of winter, a different mood
Traverse City Record Eagle
There are so many cheerful things about a Traverse City winter — skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing. And beauty. It looks like a movie set for “White Christmas” outside my window right now. But isn't it true that typically, in literature and movies ...


Religion News Service

How to access the spiritual power of poetry–even if you “just don't get it”
Religion News Service
Author and professor Christian Wiman believes that poetry has significant spiritual power in addition to aesthetic value. He shares how people of faith can begin accessing the spiritual power of poetry even if at first they “just don't get it.” – Image ...


LectureHop: Justice Poetry
Bwog
Whether it's attending drunken FroSci lectures or showing up to Tunisian talks, Bwog loves to learn in the classroom and beyond. We sent Poetry Professional Briana Bursten to check out Justice Poetry: Readings and Discussion with Claudia Rankine, Dawn ...


Pacific Daily News

Perez's third book of poetry published
Pacific Daily News
Rather than traditional poetry, the book is written partly in verse and partly in prose, sharing his images and memories. For most of us who have moved back and forth between Guam and the U.S. mainland, it will remind us of our own experiences; the ...


New York Times

Bringing a Daughter Back From the Brink With Poems
New York Times
I normally don't invite poetry into my daily life. As an ecologist, I embrace science. But all I had to offer her at that point were the thoughts of others who struggled to make a meaningful life and had put those thoughts into the best, sparest words ...


Irish Times

A poem for Ireland, poetry for everyone
Irish Times
I was really stuck for ages last year and took to reading Seamus Heaney's poetry to stop my brain from going round and round in ever tightening circles. I started singing Anahorish as I was reading it, and I performed it with Zoe Conway and John ...


Rabbi Dan Ornstein: Frozen Poetry
WAMC
All over my neighborhood, the icicles hang down from the eaves of the roofs like colonies of bats clustered along the walls of caves. Emerging from under the heavy cover of melting and re-freezing snow, each icicle begins as gently dripping water which ...


Deadline Poetry
NPR (blog)
For late Friday, a couple items from the mailbag. I'm not going to weigh in except to say that in my first month here I've found NPR's journalists to be very open to discussing questions about their work. I find it's often helpful to see how ...

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His late first wife inspired the poetry of his second wife. Then he lost her, too.
Washington Post
When Emerson won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006, bringing her the kind of attention poets don't dare dream of and setting her up to become poet laureate of Virginia a couple of years later , there was no indication it would be the midpoint of a brief and ...

Google News

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