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:


Is Poetry Dead? Not if 45 Official Laureates Are Any Indication
New York Times
And for America's state poets laureate, the news cycle has been churning since earlier this month, when Valerie Macon, North Carolina's newly appointed laureate, resigned abruptly after an outcry from several of her predecessors. To the former ...

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The New Yorker

Poetry Podcast: Jennifer Michael Hecht Reads Lucie Brock-Broido
The New Yorker
This month on the Poetry Podcast, Jennifer Michael Hecht reads “Noctuary,” by Lucie Brock-Broido. As its title indicates, the poem is a kind of journal of the speaker's nighttime musings: 3 December,. Unspeakable anxiety about locked-in syndrome, about ...


CT Team Verbal Slap Headed To National Poetry Slam
Hartford Courant
The fundraising event, called the Connecticut Regional Poetry Slam, will be at the M. White Lounge, 2288 Fairfield Ave., Bridgeport, from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets to the event cost $15. All proceeds go toward Verbal Slap's trip, and there will also be a ...


Free 'Poetry of Songwriting' event features Rheta Grimsley Johnson, Frye ...
The Birmingham News - al.com
Titled "Watermelon Wine and the Poetry of Southern Music," the free gathering starts at 6:30 p.m. at the West Regional Branch of the Mobile Public Library. It will feature a mix of readings from Frye Gaillard and Rheta Grimsley Johnson and songwriters ...


SF Weekly (blog)

Poetry at the 33
SF Weekly (blog)
Most of what we know about Poetry at the 33 is that Kim Addonizio either used to hang out there or still does. That may sound like it isn't very much to go on, but Addonizio is one of the city's most underrated talents. She's a fucking genius, if you ...

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Quill & Quire (blog)

First listen: Christine Fellows' northern-inspired poetry and music project
Quill & Quire (blog)
In 2011, Winnipeg musician Christine Fellows travelled through the Yukon as Dawson City Music Festival's songwriter-in-residence. The experience inspired Burning Daylight, a full-length album and poetry collection, both to be published by ARP Books in ...


The New Yorker

The Mysterious Case of the Park Poet
The New Yorker
I was enchanted to find a park sign filled with poetry rather than the usual mishmash of information, rules, and thinly veiled threats. And such doting poetry: the park, the sign implied, had not been entirely beautiful without me. (I never mind a ...


Bermuda Poetry Showcased On BBC Scotland
Bernews
In honour of the 2014 Commonwealth Games, currently being held in Glasgow, Scotland, poets from throughout the Commonwealth were invited by the British Broadcasting Corporation [BBC] to submit poetry in order to represent their country or territory ...


Hampton Roads poetry readings
Daily Press
A poet once told me that to enjoy poetry, you must read it aloud to appreciate the nuances of the word choices and hear the rhythms that bring the stories to life. If that's true, Hampton Roads poetry fans can count themselves among the fortunate ...

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RIVERSIDE: Veteran publishes first poetry book
Press-Enterprise
“I started writing poetry in 1963, about the time of Kennedy's assassination,” he reads. “I was in college and questioned my existence. My writing often came in spurts, as I would hold things in until I felt like I was going to explode. I often would ...

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