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

How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?
New York Times
Shelley once called poets the “unacknowledged legislators of the world.” This week, Adam Kirsch and Leslie Jamison discuss how the social role of poetry has changed since then. By Adam Kirsch. No one asked for Shelley's views on the Congress of Vienna, ...


Telegraph.co.uk

Christmas Books 2014: best poetry to read
Telegraph.co.uk
Increasingly, poets are doing just that. At least, the most striking of recent collections are taking on the realities of conflict and division, and for a moment there seems to be less room for introspective or brooding poems. For example, “the world ...


New York Daily News

Bronx woman hopes poetry will push people to the polls
New York Daily News
BY DENIS SLATTERY. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. A YOUNG Bronx woman is using her pen to push people to the polls. Crystal Valentine, 20, was named New York City Youth Poet Laureate after a rousing reading of her poem “A Voter's Problem” at a ...


The 50 Best Independent Fiction and Poetry Books of 2014
Flavorwire
2014 will go down as a landmark year in independent literature, chiefly because a few longstanding “trends” or “developments” are hardening into verifiable traits of fiction and poetry beyond Big Publishing. To begin with, independent poetry, noted ...


The Guardian

Clive Palmer's poetry unearthed and it's, er, well-meaning
The Guardian
Palmer's book of poetry, Dreams, Hopes and Reflections, was published in 1981 under the name F Clive Palmer when the mining magnate, and possible billionaire, was 26. It is not known how many copies survive, but when one happened to cross Guardian ...

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The Atlantic

The Last Rock-Star Poet
The Atlantic
“Poetry is dead!” cried John Berryman, emerging in distraction from the Manhattan hospital room that Dylan Thomas had just exited by another, more conclusive route. Poetry had been unconscious for four days, as a result of alcohol and then morphine.


The WSU Sign Post

Poetry slam furthers change in Ogden community
The WSU Sign Post
Four of the state's top young poets competed in a Champions' Slam last week to raise funds for the first homeless youth shelter in Utah. The Champions' Slam, in which all competitors must have won at least one poetry slam before or have had their works ...


How Poetry Gave Me a Voice
Huffington Post
Why would teens go to the library to read poetry when they can easily be on Facebook, clicking away at their notifications? Why would teens read, or even write poetry, when they could be liking photos on Instagram or watching music videos on YouTube?


RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty

'What Rhymes With Islamic State?' Militants Express Ideology Through Poetry
RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty
When Chilean poet Pablo Neruda wrote that poetry was an "act of peace," he presumably did not envisage that the art form would one day be taken up by violent Islamist extremists. Though many media reports have highlighted how Western Islamic State ...


Corny Kickoff Poetry is Moving On...Mostly
Corn Nation
Your usual rhyme smorgasbord where we focus on the future (mostly) with a special thank you to the seniors.  Tweet Share on Twitter Share Share on Facebook  Share Share with Cornhuskers friends 3 Comments. Alright everyone - your assignment, ...

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Google News

A Death in Cajamarca, Peru (Atahualpa, in Cajamarca ((in English and Spanish))

The Epic Poem:A Death in Cajamarca, Peru [Atahualpa, in Cajamarca]Advance:... Read More

Whats A Prisoner to Do?

What's a prisoner to do when justice fails and... Read More

Three Poems (While in Transition/English and Spanish)

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Two Poems: Boyhood, and Old Age [with a note on style]

BoyhoodOh me! Thy glorious days have flown! I mealy noticed,... Read More

Lamenting Poetic Moods [six Poems]

Advance: in Mr. Siluk's poetry one finds symbolist values, sensuous... Read More

The Ballad of: Brawling Mad-dog Sergeant Rook [Now in: SPANISH and English]

English VersionA bunch of us guys in the hutIn ?Nam... Read More

Ballade of an Inca King

Ah! Leave the gold, wealth and landSays the Inca King?;... Read More

Lord Byrons She Walks in Beauty

Lord Byron's opening couplet to "She Walks In Beauty" is... Read More

In Poetry: Meaning of Words [And ...Rocket-belt]

In Poetry: Meaning of WordsWhen I write poetry, I check... Read More

Wondering

How I wonder what he's doing as I sit alone... Read More

Ole Bulky Jeeps & Paper, Ink and Rain [two Peoms]

Ole Bulky JeepsThrough late summer's heat These bulky shaped jeeps... Read More

Tale of the: Old Hunter and the Golden Hare [In SPANISH and English now]

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

Lucky...

You make me smile like I've seldom done before You... Read More

Uamaks Aquatic [suspense: now in Spanish and English]

Delicately, my mind was selecting a muffled tune, out of... Read More

New Poetic Work By Ethiopian Immigrant Promotes Respect, Courage And Cultural Sensitivity

McLean, VA - "The Healing Conscious" tells the story of... Read More

RISK

Do not be afraid to shine. This world needs what... Read More

Spell of the Andes: (in English and Spanish)

Note: written 4-15-05, while driving through the Andes of Peru,... Read More

Kafka Re-Trial

Kafka lands resurrected in Crewe deposited by a silvery alien... Read More

Life is a Fantasy

LIFE IS A FANTASY!A pink-eyed rabbit, fuzzy whiteHops in bedrooms... Read More

To My Friend, With Love

All is still; all quiet; The world seems to... Read More

Write Your Way to Fame

Have you ever thought about how nice it would be... Read More

Tale of the Brick Maker, of San Jeronimo, Peru [In English and Spanish]

Tale of the Brick Maker, Of San Jernimo, Peru... Read More

The Man Who Could Not Say Sorry For His Sins

Sorry would be a start.Though you cant take back your... Read More

Savage Nature: The Life of Ted Hughes

One of the most important poets of the post-war period,... Read More

Four Poems: Grendels Nature...the Racetrack...Counting days...[Now in English and Spanish]

English Version1) Grendel's DivorceYou must know that I do not... Read More