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:


Poetry, Arts Unlock Our Understanding Of Life
Hartford Courant
In high schools and colleges, poetry cannot be pushed aside by an acute focus on mathematics and science. Although these subjects are important for the future of the American worker and economy, we must simultaneously embrace the arts — poetry and ...


Real people: Life of sexagenarian centers around poetry
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Thirty years ago, Veach brought his love of poetry and the arts to Atlanta where he's managed to keep verse at the forefront of his activity. Along the way, he earned a library science degree and spent 14 years as the head of reference for the Atlanta ...


The wit, wisdom and poetry of Hunter Pence
ESPN (blog)
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- With his mop of curly hair, pants hiked up above his knees and energetic style of play, Hunter Pence is a fan favorite not just in San Francisco but across the country. Fans in out-of-town cities began bringing clever Hunter Pence ...


Ah, the poetry of the law!
Washington Post
I often used to tell the law students in my classes that they should read more poetry, because nothing hones one's skill at extracting meaning from text better than reading poetry, and extracting meaning from texts is one of the things lawyers have to ...


WBUR

Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop: The Lyric Stage Puts Poetry In Motion For ...
WBUR
Tony-nominated dramatist Sarah Ruhl (“The Clean House,” “Eurydice”) has done it for you in “Dear Elizabeth,” an epistolary play culled from 30 years of letters shot back and forth between poets Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell, who were connected at ...
'Dear Elizabeth': Poetry, letters, and the spaces in betweenBoston Globe

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Dailyuw

Poetry by the penny
Dailyuw
William Curtis and Trip Waterhouse, street poets by trade, set up The Poem Store every Saturday morning at the U-District Farmers Market. It is a humble operation that consists of an umbrella, two folding chairs, two typewriters, and a sign reading ...


Poetry boxes encourage north shore readers to take literary pause
The Times-Picayune - NOLA.com
Poetry fans who relish moments of still contemplation or appreciation for the written word might want to seek out the newest public literary feature being created for north shore residents: poetry boxes. Serving as tiny public displays of work by ...


Cistern Yard

Preaching poetry: readings around campus and city-wide
Cistern Yard
Charleston, South Carolina is a city blooming with passion, culture and identity. A huge part of that identity is the sense of expression that comes from the city's literature. Poetry and literary readings are great chances to get to know writers of ...


Dodge Poetry Festival returns, bigger than ever, to Newark
The Star-Ledger
The 15th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival will take place Thursday through Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and other venues throughout Newark's Downtown Arts District. This year's festival will have its largest-ever roster.


'Queer Amusements' on Staten Island: Burlesque, music, poetry and visual art ...
Staten Island Advance - SILive.com
"Kala Lolo" is the name of this weekend's installment in her "A Night of Queer Amusement" series. It includes burlesque, music, poetry and visual art at Deep Tanks Studio. Translated in Hawaiian, Kala Lolo means "rough and crazy" — certainly an ...

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