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:


Paste Magazine

Poetry Isn't Dead: A Wake-Up Call
Paste Magazine
Poetry is dead. Christopher Ingraham notes in an article from The Washington Post: “According to the latest numbers, poetry is less popular than jazz. It's less popular than dance, and only about half as popular as knitting. The only major arts ...


The Guardian

Simon Armitage: Making poetry pay
The Guardian
“I know other poets who work on poems as exploration, but I've usually got a destination in mind. I knew in that poem I wanted to end up in Sainsbury's supermarket” – a slight pause, as the audience guffawed – “it was just a question of getting back ...


CNN

This Iwo Jima veteran's moving poetry will help you understand Memorial Day
CNN
Gradually, he turned to poetry to give voice to his pain. And at 92, the World War II veteran has joined a writing group with veterans of all wars — Vietnam, Korea, Iraq and Afghanistan -- at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia ...

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La Crosse Tribune

Laurel High School to host poetry night
La Crosse Tribune
The 2015 spring poetry class, created and facilitated by Laurel High School junior Rena Medow, aimed to exemplify the accessibility of poetry, despite its reputation as an esoteric art form. Class participants, Molly Hopkins-Sheets, Corin Humphrey, Mia ...


The Poetry of Raymond Carver Makes a Leap to E-Books
New York Times
In September, Vintage will publish a digital edition of “Beginners,” the unedited, uncut manuscript of his 1981 collection, “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.” The unedited collection caused a stir when Mr. Carver's widow, the poet Tess ...


Opinionator | Poetry Kept My Patient Alive
New York Times (blog)
Steve, my patient, fancied himself a poet, first and foremost. Brilliant, yet sadly bedeviled by schizoaffective disorder — a condition somewhere between schizophrenia and bipolar — he feared he would die before his gift was discovered. “I think I'm ...


The Guardian

Wole Soyinka dismisses claims he is too grand and old for Oxford poetry chair
The Guardian
Bragg, who had previously backed the Nigerian poet to be the next Oxford chair of poetry, told the Sunday Times he was switching his allegiance to Simon Armitage, saying he was concerned 80-year-old Soyinka would not “bother to come to Oxford” were he ...

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Daily Beast

Caution: World-Changing Poetry at Work
Daily Beast
In this volume, whose essays appeared in World Literature Today, The American Poetry Review, and various journals, or evolved from lectures and poetry talks, Hirshfield describes the poem as a thing palpable, mostly human, and resumes the argument from ...


NJ.com

Vineland High School slam poetry team takes first place in competition
NJ.com
Students from the Vineland High School slam poetry team, Voices Holding Stories, competed in South Jersey's first ever teen slam competition, "One Voice, One Mic" on May 15, taking home the first place trophy. Five high schools from across the region ...
Vineland Takes First Place in Teen Poetry Slam CompetitionSNJ Today

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Greenwich Education Group and Arch Street Teen Center announce 2015 ...
Greenwich Post
The poetry contest sought out emerging poets in grades 9-12 and asked them to submit their creative expressions. Poems were judged for originality, creativity and artistic quality. Poems were received from students in Fairfield, Westchester and Putnam ...

Google News

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Death & the Supernatural: Poetry/Five Poems

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Mechanical Poetry; Part Two

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Article on Poetry and Two Poems

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