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:


Emeryville Wants Your Poetry
East Bay Express (blog)
The Poet Laureate program of Emeryville (which is a thing that exists!) and the Emeryville Transit Management Authority (ETMA) are looking for poems that "surprise, delight, and inspire" on any topic or theme, and anyone who lives within the nine ...


The Guardian (blog)

Here Come the Dogs by Omar Musa review — street poetry committed to the page
The Guardian (blog)
So begins the mainstream literary debut of Omar Musa, poet, rapper, TEDx speaker, playwright, and now hip-hop verse novelist. Written in a combination of poetry and prose, Musa's novel, Here Come the Dogs, is a muscular examination of dislocation and ...


Music Times

Third Man releases poetry collection
The Tennessean
Third Man Books has announced its first commercially available release: “Language Lessons: Volume I, ” a collection of contemporary poetry and prose in a 321-page hardbound book, plus two vinyl LPs of music and spoken word and five pieces of visual art.
Jack White Launches Third Man Books, Announces Poetry Collection 'Language ...Music Times
Third Man Records Enters 'Universe of Publishing' With Language LessonsNashville Scene
Jack White's Third Man Records launches publishing wingThe Guardian
Hollywood Reporter -Elmore Magazine -Diffuser.fm
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New York Times

Does Poetry Matter?
New York Times
“Poetry is the weak sister of its sibling arts,” writes David Orr in Sunday's New York Times Book Review, which is dedicated to contemporary poetry. Orr argues that every tool – including celebrity writers – could be used in the effort to persuade us ...
Is an Ironic Review of James Franco's Poetry the Best 'The New York Times ...Flavorwire

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New York Times

James Franco, Poet
New York Times
And Graywolf, while one of the best publishers of American poetry, is probably not in a position to pay Franco an enormous advance or put him in front of the Oprah audience. This book is intended for real poetry readers, all five of them, as well as ...

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Poetic injustuce: Locals respond to N.C.'s poet laureate debate
Mountain Xpress
In WNC, poetry is the stuff of serious study, but it's also available at parties and on the street (thanks to “Poet for Hire” performance artists). But North Carolina poets have been in a particularly bright spotlight recently, due to what some are ...


Hillary Clinton's new book isn't poetry. But the Amazon reviews of it sure are.
Washington Post (blog)
Hillary Rodham Clinton's account of her time at the State Department, "Hard Choices," and Ed Klein's more tabloid-y account of her relationship with President Obama have been duking it out on the New York Times bestseller list. We have yet to learn ...

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Chapel Hill teen's 'Dream' wins poetry contest
Chapel Hill News
CHAPEL HILL — Voices, the Chapel Hill Chorus, recently announced Natalie Sherman-Jollis as the winner of its “American Dreams” high school poetry competition. Sherman-Jollis recently completed her sophomore year at East Chapel Hill High School.

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What's the Matter with Poetry? On 'The Consolation of Philosophy'
The League of Ordinary Gentlemen (blog)
The section I find most difficult in the Consolation comes right at the beginning, when Philosophy confronts the muses of poetry, those “hysterical sluts” who have misled the ailing Boethius. It prefigures her later warning not to get mixed up with ...


The Independent

Poetry International festival 2014: Actors and poets gather to celebrate the ...
The Independent
"Love poetry has always been something people like, but most of it isn't funny," said Celia Hewitt, Adrian Mitchell's second wife and the subject of his famously light-hearted love poem "Celia, Celia". "It was chosen to be one of the Poems on the ...
What are the greatest love poems?BBC News

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