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:


Bellingham Herald

Illinois Poet Laureate talks poetry's place in society, plans Oak Park visit
River Forest Leaves
Illinois Poet Laureate Kevin Stein will help Oak Park celebrate National Poetry Month during a public event at the Hemingway Birthplace this April. Stein speaks at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26 at 339 N. Oak Park Ave.; a donation of $10 is suggested and ...
Washington's poet laureate Elizabeth Austen at Bellingham library April 21Bellingham Herald
O, Miami Founder: Florida Poet Laureate Should Be Advocate Of FunWFSU

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Bringing Poetry And High Culture To Sao Paulo's Periphery
NPR
Poetry in an unlikely place: In a grim urban shanty town in the middle of Sao Paulo, budding poets from the poorest sections of Brazilian society get together weekly to compose and recite poetry. Copyright © 2014 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only.


Hamilton bookstore to host 'Poetry Bash'
Ravalli Republic
Farrenkopf is also the community outreach coordinator for Sapphire Lutheran Homes, which is why he's teaming up with Mara Luther and Shawn Wathen, co-owners of Chapter One Book Store in Hamilton, to throw a “Poetry Bash,” an open-mic event for ...


5 Poetry Forms That Make Editors Sit Up And Take Notice
Huffington Post
April is National Poetry Month, a time when poets and would-be bards alike turn their attention to verses both free and formal. If you're going to write poetry, why not try giving your work a unique twist, something that editors of literary magazines ...


Defining poetry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In the Post-Gazette's April 10 issue, letter writer Ellen Garbuny's comment about haiku (“Haiku 'How To' ”) is correct. Haiku is defined as a non-rhyming poem of three lines with syllable counts five-seven-five, respectively. Just because a poem has ...


Toronto Star

Rhyme 'em, cowboy
The Economist (blog)
APRIL is National Poetry Month in the United States. Alongside all the readings, festivals and workshops, one much-loved offshoot is Cowboy Poetry Week, now in its 30th year, which takes place from the 20th to the 26th. (Lots of events are listed here.).
Poetry has the power to agitate, says Toronto's poet laureateToronto Star
City of Poets: Four Poetry Titles from L.A. to San FranciscoKCET
GWU professor talks National Poetry MonthShelby Star
GW Hatchet (subscription) (blog) -Baltimore Sun -Paste Magazine
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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Finding poetry in Georgia's Caucasus Mountains
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Russian poet and novelist Mikhail Lermontov (1814-41) had been in the Georgian Caucasus before me. These mountains are the setting of his signature work, the 1840 novel “A Hero of Our Time.” Lermontov was a short, bowlegged man, prematurely balding ...


'Hartford Loves Poetry' Finale Set For Saturday
Hartford Courant
HARTFORD — The city-organized festival "Hartford Loves Poetry" culminates Saturday with an afternoon grand finale at the downtown Hartford Public Library, where a cultural range of speakers will read poems in more than 20 languages. The event follows ...

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The Poetry of the Trading Floor, Going Beyond Bears and Bulls
New York Times
My point here is the eternal poetic inventiveness of the financial mind. Popular opinion has it that bankers think of nothing but profit. But their brains are fixated on poetic invention. Money seems to be a side issue. And if modern poets had half the ...

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Coffee House to feature poetry, live music, free food, and a surprise or two
Leader and Times
Original poetry and live music are on tap for the fifth annual Poetry Coffee House set for 7 p.m. Wednesday April 23 at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. The event will feature SCCC/ATS students reading their original poetry, live ...

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