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:


Faith Matters: Poetry helps discover what God has hidden in the world
NJ.com
The St. Peter's University audience of 250 students and guests knew exactly what Kathleen Norris, poet and author, was describing. Shutterfly allows parents to create a photo album of a child and share it with family and friends. That's just what ...


Bismarck Tribune

Students go 'Out Loud' in poetry competition
Bismarck Tribune
The top three finishers in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud competition were, from left, Zach Howatt of Northern Cass High School in second place, Meagan Cronin of Wahpeton High School in third place and J'Kobe Wallace of Minot City High School in first place.
'Poetry Out Loud'KFYR-TV
Minot Student Wins North Dakota Poetry Out Loud State FinalsKXNet.com
High school Poetry Out Loud semifinals scheduledBoston Globe (subscription)
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CT Post

Night of women's poetry at HCC
CT Post
The evening, featuring public readings by emerging and established women poets, is organized by Shanna T. Melton. The series encourages writers from different aesthetic disciplines and traditions to share their thoughts in order to broaden the ...


A pushcart to promote poetry
Times of India
HYDERABAD: Imagine poetry being 'sold' off the streets. Yes, you heard that right! With a noble mission to revive Telugu poetry in the two states, 50-year-old Sheik Sadiq Ali is seen pushing around his cart which doesn't sell vegetables, but poetry!


Local author hopes her poetry helps others
Daily Comet
Lora Benoit, 55, said she began writing poetry at the age of 10 as a therapeutic release from the issues she faced while growing up in poverty. "I never really paid much attention to what I was writing because I was just letting out my emotions," she ...

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NJ.com

Fanwood poetry series to feature Chloe Honum and Susan Lembo Balik
NJ.com
The Carriage House Poetry Series in Fanwood will present readings by two distinguished poets on Tuesday, March 17. The free poetry performances by Chloe Honum and Susan Lembo Balik will begin promptly at 8 p.m., in the Patricia Kuran Arts Center on ...


Cowboy poets tell stories of bad broncs and ranch romances
San Antonio Express-News
One of the grand dames of the Texas Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Ebert, 90, performed in a walker Friday night and made fun of her age just before her last poem. "I'm using all my time. I'll probably never get back here. I think they probably should have ...


Toronto Star

Poet sues peers for more than $300000 for libel and defamation
Toronto Star
A prominent Toronto poet is suing two peers for more than $150,000 each, accusing them both of libel and defamation following unspecified allegations of sexual harassment and assault that saw him banned from spoken-word events across the country.

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Inquirer.net

The Republic of Poetry
Inquirer.net
NEW YORK CITY — “Poeta!” It was a term I and other poets from more than 50 countries would hear frequently, during the weeklong Eleventh Annual International Festival of Poetry held in the enchanting Spanish-colonial-era city of Granada, Nicaragua.


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Meet the Hyderabad marriage bureau owner who peddles poetry from a pushcart
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Vasireddy and Ali had just attended a book exhibition where they had sold a poetry collection titled Bhoomadhya Rekha, written by the young Telugu poet Kasi Raju. As many as 300 copies of Bhoomadya Rekha were bought. Ali was stunned by the response.

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