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:

Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Olympia is blessed with rich poetry
The Olympian
Yake shared this first impression of Olympia with poets and poetry lovers who gathered at Traditions Fair Trade Cafe in downtown Olympia on Wednesday night to launch the 25-year anniversary of the Olympia Poetry Network. The poets did what poets do ...
Walsh: South Dakota has 'vibrant' talent in poetrySioux Falls Argus Leader

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The Desert Sun

Poetry contest features Coachella Valley students
The Desert Sun
Poetry recitation gets competitive Saturday, when nine students face off in the Riverside County round of the national Poetry Out Loud contest. The students include several from Coachella Valley schools like Palm Desert High School, Xavier College ...

Appleton Post Crescent

Appleton seeks entries for sidewalk poetry program
Appleton Post Crescent
The city is now accepting entries for the second year of its sidewalk poetry program. Last year, Appleton stamped six poems into concrete as part of its sidewalk rehabilitation regimen. It was inspired by a similar effort that started in St. Paul ...

The Hindu

Arundhathi Subramaniam wins poetry prize
The Hindu
The winner was announced at a prize ceremony at the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival, attended by over 2,500 poetry lovers. Ms. Subramaniam said, “I am delighted. Particularly given what a muted art poetry is, a prize like this is a reminder that it has ...
Zee Jaipur Literature Festival: Mumbai poet gets Khushwant Singh prizeDaily News & Analysis

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The Tennessean

Poetry in Motion® returns to Nashville in April
The Tennessean
Instead of the standard side-panel advertisements, Metro Nashville buses will start showcasing poetry in April. Poetry in Motion®, sponsored by Metro Nashville Arts commission, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, the MTA Youth Action Team and ...

This website will turn your tweets into poetry
The Next Web
You've always wished your tweets were a little more poetic, right? Well, now there's the perfect app for you: Poetweet. This simple website, which doesn't even require sign in, will turn your tweets from banalities into sweet poetry. The below poem is ...

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Resurrections, Do-Overs, And Second Lives: A 2015 Poetry Preview
Since 9/11, folks have been saying we need poetry more than ever, but perhaps now we need poetry even more than "more than ever." 2014 will go down as the year of Ferguson and Eric Garner, of the CIA torture report, of lost elections and more than a ...

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Poetry and Privilege in Hanalei
The University of Hawaii Kaleo
What resources are necessary to produce a novel, a book of poetry, or a memoir? How can indigenous writers build creative communities that remain attentive to privilege and social justice? This past weekend, I was privileged to join the annual Hanalei ...

Claremont Graduate University announces Tufts Poetry finalists
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, now in its 23rd year, was established at Claremont Graduate University by Kate Tufts to honor the memory of her husband, who held executive positions in the Los Angeles shipyards and wrote poetry as his avocation.

Irish Examiner

Rick O'Shea: an unversed choice for RTÉ's new poetry show
Irish Times
Earlier this month, O'Shea was announced as the new presenter of the Poetry Programme on Radio 1. It was not a job he had applied for. “I was asked by RTÉ if it was something I was interested in. I thought about it for about four seconds and said yes.
Rick O'Shea gets well-versed in poetry for new programmeIrish Examiner

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