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:


NPR

Open A Critic's 'Poetry Notebook' And Find The Works That Shaped Him
NPR
What those famous lines don't reveal about James is his erudition, lightly worn but very much on display in his latest book of criticism, called Poetry Notebook. In his introduction, James says that, for him, poetry has been "the occupation of a lifetime.

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NPR (blog)

A Teacher's Moment: Finding 'The Essence Of Poetry'
NPR (blog)
I'm not sure what is at the root of their inability to connect, but being able to work together is the most crucial element of hosting our annual Poetry Nights. These are a big deal at Combs High School, and the seniors in this class plan and organize ...

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SFGate (blog)

“Read This Poem” project to usher in National Poetry Month
SFGate (blog)
This April, the Academy of American Poets — the founder of National Poetry Month — is partnering with 826 Valencia to highlight the work of regional poets. In return, the poets will share their talents with students. San Francisco's Dean Rader has ...


Poetry Everywhere, and They Mean Everywhere, in Miami Festival
New York Times (blog)
On April 1 the organizers of the O, Miami Poetry Festival begin their annual monthlong campaign to put a poem in front of all 2.6 million residents of Miami-Dade County. “Miamians should watch out for poems on buildings, on fences, in the mail, even in ...


The Guardian

Hollie Poetry: woman versus world – one poem at a time
The Guardian
Long before she quit her day job and adopted the stage name Hollie Poetry, Hollie McNish was scribbling poems on whatever surface she could find. She started at the age of four, and when we meet she is clutching a folder full of her teenage work. “They ...
AT THE LIBRARY: Library celebrates poetry monthRapid City Journal

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MiamiHerald.com

An ode to your ZIP code kicks off O, Miami's poetry festival
MiamiHerald.com
Fernandez wrote her poem for ZIP Odes, a collaboration between WLRN and O, Miami, the poetry festival now in its fourth year. The poem's form is simple: A Haiku-like poem built around your ZIP code. The number of words per line and the number of lines ...

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Rutgers-Camden NewsNow

Rutgers–Camden to Host Second Annual Louder Than a Bomb–Camden Poetry ...
Rutgers-Camden NewsNow
Rutgers University–Camden will once again set the stage for a playoff-type atmosphere as more than 100 students from Burlington, Camden, and Hudson counties square off in the Louder Than a Bomb–Camden poetry slam from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday ...

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Patch.com

Teen Poetry Slam coming on April 9
Coshocton Tribune
COSHOCTON – Students in grades seven-12 can celebrate National Poetry Month with a Poetry Slam from 4 to 5 p.m. April 9, at the Coshocton Public Library. Teens may enter the slam in one of the following categories, or both: Original work is for ...
Poet Richard Morgan to discuss poetry and self publishing at Westfield LibraryNJ.com
Westfield Memorial Library Hosting Workshop for National Poetry MonthPatch.com
Poetry Readings at the LBI Library in AprilThe SandPaper

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Cincinnati.com

UC Blue Ash poetry, songwriting winners selected
Cincinnati.com
UC Blue Ash College has announced the winners of the 2015 Poetry and Songwriting Contest, which included categories for area high school students. The winners were recognized at the UC Blue Ash Poetry Café, a special event on the college campus.


Rocky Mountain Collegian

CSU's Dead Poets Society: Getting students excited about poetry
Rocky Mountain Collegian
Colorado State University has a Dead Poets Society. They do not stand on desks and they have not attempted to contact the ghost of Robin Williams, but they do sneak off to the cave off campus known as the Wild Boar Café to read poetry. Kelsey Easton, a ...

Google News

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Changes

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Recollections

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