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:


New York Times

Galway Kinnell, Plain-Spoken Poet, Is Dead at 87
New York Times
Galway Kinnell, who was recognized with both a Pulitzer Prize and a National Book Award for a body of poetry that pushed deep into the heart of human experience in the decades after World War II, died on Tuesday at his home in Sheffield, Vt. He was 87.
Former state poet Galway Kinnell diesBurlingtonFreePress.com
Book News: Remembering Poet Galway Kinnell, Whose Song Said EverythingNPR (blog)
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies in VermontPress Herald
Los Angeles Times -Huffington Post -Barre Montpelier Times Argus
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The Guardian

Poetry Brothel puts the bawd in bard
The Guardian
She calls herself a poetry whore, and I have paid for her company. For the next 10 minutes or so, she will read me her verses, converse with me, entertain me. Between sheer curtains I can see several other transactions unfolding around us, hear stanzas ...


Poetry's ambassador
Elkin Jonesville Tribune
After engaging with contemporary poetry, Griffin said he decided he wanted to try writing some poetry of his own. He said the process was harder than he first imagined, but still something he thoroughly enjoys. He keeps a notebook with him all the time ...


Opelousas Daily World

Poet shares the joy of the spoken word with students
Opelousas Daily World
Opelousas High School recently hosted Alexis “Poetic Soul” Johnson to share the joys of writing and the spoken word. Johnson is the former poetry slam champion from Lafayette who presented at the International World Poetry Slam in 2009 and 2010.
Young Slam Poet Takes Aim At Substandard TeachingKERA News

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Publishing Poetry in Translation: A Conversation With Lawrence Schimel
Huffington Post
Lawrence Schimel is the editor and publisher of A Midsummer Night's Press, an influential publisher of poetry. Founded by Schimel in New Haven, CT in 1991, A Midsummer Night's Press first published broadsides of poems by Nancy Willard, Joe Haldeman, ...

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Poetry calls out from the screen at Silent River Film Fest
Los Angeles Times
Playhouses may be built for theater and clubs for music, but live poetry, by and large, borrows venues created for other means: coffeehouses, art galleries, college lecture halls. So when Worthington, one of three readers at the Silent River Film ...


Stars from heyday of DC's poetry slam scene gather for spoken word reunion
Washington Post
Silvana Straw marched onto the stage with a megaphone, calling out gentrifiers. Jeffrey McDaniel recalled the advantage of being white during a tense encounter with a D.C. police officer. Joel Dias-Porter (a.k.a. DJ Renegade) told of teaching in a ...


Cal Poly professor Kann to read his poetry at Cambria's Wise Owl
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
Stacey Warde and Dell Franklin, publishers of the alternative press journal the Rogue Voice, will also appear. Author and musician Mary Anne Anderson will present her poetry, as well, with open reading to follow (original work only). The Wise Owl is at ...


Star Local Media

Poetry Society of Texas to host awards banquet Nov. 8
Star Local Media
The theme for the banquet is “Autumn's Poetry Palette.” This event will mark the culmination of the 2014 annual poetry contests that ended Aug. 15. The first-, second- and third-place winners in each of the 100 contest categories will be announced at ...


NPR

75 Years Of 'Colossal Poets' And Live Literature At NYC's 92nd Street Y
NPR
Seventy-five years ago on Sunday, writer William Carlos Williams helped inaugurate what would become this country's most famous literary reading series, at New York's 92nd Street Y Poetry Center. The center is celebrating this diamond jubilee with a ...

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Google News

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Live For Today...

Isn't that what they say?But what does that mean?There's no... Read More

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When I hear your voice inside my head it makes... Read More

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I cannot bear to think of when you will be... Read More

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Three Poems and Paradise Lost [One for Hell, One for Heaven one for an Inca King]

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Three Poems [Lima; Judges and Evils Creation]

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There once lived an old man and his goodwife On... Read More