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:


A Poetry Reading And Tribute To The Late, Unforgettable Bill Knott
WBUR
But he also won the Iowa Poetry Prize and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and published many books and chapbooks, mostly under his real name. He was a poet of contradictions and a dark sense of humor. Robert Pinsky called his poems “thorny.


MyCentralJersey.com

Voorhees High School senior to sign poetry collection
MyCentralJersey.com
“It's hard to explain what inspires me to write poetry,” Goldsmith said. “Sometimes I think of a good idea for a poem, and other times I've just seen a movie that was really mind-blowing. I gain a lot of inspiration from emotional funks I get into ...


WBUR

At Harvard, Technology Resurrects Long-Silent Voices Of Poets
WBUR
Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room is home to thousands of archived recordings from some of the most important English language-poets of the age — T.S. Eliot, Sylvia Plath, Robert Frost. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR). CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Imagine being around ...

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Cabin Country: The poetry of cabin life
Minneapolis Star Tribune
One summer day when I was shopping at a center in St Paul, someone was reading poetry on a loud speaker, and as I was eating my apple pie, I heard the words: “I must arise and go now, and go to Innisfree.” The poem continues: “I shall have some peace ...


How Has the Social Role of Poetry Changed Since Shelley?
New York Times
Each week in Bookends, two writers take on questions about the world of books. 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 ...


Poetry gathering hosts competition on YouTube
Elko Daily Free Press
ELKO — The Western Folklife Center has announced the launch of the second annual spoken word poetry competition on YouTube for poets ages 18-35, as part of the 31st National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. “Expressing the Rural West: Poetry of the Next ...

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On Poetry: Stevie Howell's [Sharps] gives evidence that “anything can happen”
National Post
1179 To the Southern Ontario kid raised on Fox 29's down-market commercials, who knows the shibboleth of a Fucillo “huge” and can sing the Cellino & Barnes jingle by heart, there's a particular kind of innocence that's lost when you first visit Buffalo.


Advocate.com

Richard Blanco Talks Pilgrims, Poetry, and His Princely New Memoir
Advocate.com
Back in 1970s Miami, Blanco had not yet grown to become the first gay, Latino, and immigrant inaugural poet, who helped usher in President Obama's second term with the hopeful ode to unity, “One Today.” He was Ricky — an overweight and sensitive child ...


Calgary Sun

Bloody Poetry in Reeve Theatre ' a treat for the senses, not some dry history ...
Calgary Sun
The university's School of Creative and Performing Arts is presenting Bloody Poetry, Howard Brenton's 1984 glimpse at the lives of these men whose personalities were as revolutionary as their poetry. "Between 1814 and his death in Greece in 1824, Byron ...


Older Oklahomans are invited to share their poetry in contest
Muskogee Daily Phoenix
OKLAHOMA CITY — The 40th annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2015 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event held in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by the Oklahoma Department of Human ...

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Bleed

now is not the time to open open that great... Read More

Burning Autumn Leaves [a poem in Spanish and English]

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Testimony to the Night [In English and Spanish]

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Africa - Wheres The Profit?

A poetic comment that just welled up inside my head... Read More

Become A Poet In Ten Minutes

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I Saw the Universe

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Ive Learned

You cannot make someone love you. All you can do... Read More