RISK

Do not be afraid to shine. This world needs what you have to give. Open up the areas of your being; expose them to yourself - to others. You are valuable. You are unique. You have much to give. Do not be afraid to give it.

As we risk ourselves, we grow. Each new experience is a risk: we can try, and maybe fail, and as a result, grow - or hold back and stagnate.

You have the potential to be anything you want to be! You are free to choose. You are limited only by your fears. Let your dreams take over, fly with the eagles, soar into life, the world is waiting for you!

Copyright 1987 Fran Watson

This poem was selected to be included the Motivational Poems at Words of Wisdom 4U.

For more poetry and stories you can go to Fran's webpage http://www.franwatson.ca

In The News:


Dodge Poetry Festival Set to Return to Newark
New York Times (blog)
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, the biggest in North America, will be back for the third time at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, a city not often associated with iambic pentameter when the festival first announced it was coming ...


ANOTHER KIND OF COURAGE, Celebration of Amiri Baraka, Brick City Voices ...
Broadway World
Martin Farawell, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation's Poetry Director and Director of the Dodge Poetry Festival, has announced the roster of poets and other performers who will be participating in the 15th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival, ...

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The New York Review of Books (blog)

The Great Poets' Brawl of '68
The New York Review of Books (blog)
The biggest and the most illustrious gathering of poets I have ever attended took place in June of 1968 at the Stony Brook World Poetry Conference. There were 108 poets present, according to Jim Harrison, who organized it together with Louis Simpson ...
What's Wrong With Poetry Books for Children: A Teacher's LamentEducation Week News
Why Poetry MattersHuffington Post
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New York Times (blog)

Poetry Profiles: Louisiana State University Press
New York Times (blog)
The latest in a series of occasional profiles of poetry publishers. These questions were answered by MaryKatherine Callaway, the director of LSU Press. When you're reading a manuscript submission, what are you looking for? The biggest thrill is to read ...

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Poetry Month 2014: We Need Writers So We Can Continue to Exist
Huffington Post
We're past the halfway mark, but happy Poetry Month, anyway. It's still April after all. And while taxes (for most of us) are done, poetry is still going strong. And what a busy scene we have here in Detroit. All month, my poetry plate has 'runneth-ed ...

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'Poetry Train America'
bcrnews.com
“Poetry Train America” is a combination of storytelling, poets, poetry and railways presented using America's 20 states as a backdrop. Three men travel the country in 2012 to write a documentary on poets and the railroad. When they sleep they get taken ...


An evening of poetry April 28 in Woods Hole
Wicked Local Falmouth
The 10 poems which will be read and discussed have been chosen by poet Lisa Olstein for Common Threads, the Massachusetts state poetry organization. She has gathered poems with “deep ties to Massachusetts…poets that span decades and continents ...


Mass MoCA will hold an evening of poetry to honor Agha Shahid Ali
Bennington Banner
Patkin's "Veil Suite" paintings, rooms with translucent walls, illuminate Shahid's poetry in a retrospective show at Mass MoCA, where Agha Iqbal Ali, Shahid's brother, will read Shahid's poetry tonight. Seeing the pieces is hard, Iqbal said, and ...

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InMaricopa.com

Pathway students express themselves through poetry slam
InMaricopa.com
The students at Sequoia Pathway Academy have a new, creative way to express themselves in an event known as Poetry Slam under the direction of drama teacher David Blanchard, and fellow Maricopa residents are welcome to join. What makes this event ...


Slate Magazine (blog)

Finding Poetry in a Guy Fieri Menu
Slate Magazine (blog)
Eater unveiled the menu for Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar earlier this week, and it is chockablock with “'wow-sabi' cream,” “gnarly Greek salad,” and “Guy's famous donkey sauce.” It's also chockablock with exclamation points—21 of them, by my count, ...

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Life is a Fantasy

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Article on Poetry and Two Poems

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The Cat

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