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

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STLtoday.com
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American Life in Poetry: August 30
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Poem reprinted from the Alaska Quarterly Review, Vol. 30, No. 3 & 4, by permission of Faith Shearin and the publisher. The introduction's author, Ted Kooser, served as U.S. Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 2004-06.
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Wild Style roots, spoken-word poetry, and some creepy Cliff Martinez tunes
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Towns Embrace Poet Laureates
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Montana Poet Laureate visits fair poetry contest
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The Guardian

The subtle poetry of baking with blackberries
The Guardian
The subtle poetry of baking with blackberries. The addition of a few blackberries turn these otherwise prosaic desserts into an elegantly composed way to round off a meal. Sylvia Plath would have been proud. Share · Tweet this. Email. Ruby Tandoh.


The Virgin Poet Brings Back Aesthetic Poetry in Public Eye
DigitalJournal.com
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The Guardian (blog)

Desmond O'Grady – a great citizen of world poetry
The Guardian (blog)
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Arizona State University

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Arizona State University
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