Growing

Growing hurts sometimes;

saying goodbye to friends,

to things you've known and done

to things you wanted to do.

Growing heals sometimes

the shattered dreams and hopes

of a life you once knew

leading you to a new knowledge of yourself.

Growing is fun sometimes

meeting new friends

learning new things

making changes that feel good and moving on.

Growing is necessary always.

Without change there is stagnation

death instead of life.

To choose to live is to choose to grow.

Copyright 2002

Fran is a Career Counsellor, Workshop Developer and Facilitator and e-zine Editor. You can sign up for her ezine at get_free_info_here_@getresponse.com or check out her website for more information www.franwatson.ca

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Huffington Post
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The Diane Rehm Show

'A Poet's Glossary,' by Edward Hirsch
Washington Post
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The Eastsider LA

Last Call for Poetry in El Sereno
The Eastsider LA
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MiamiHerald.com

O, Miami poetry festival brings Jose Marti to life
MiamiHerald.com
AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF. Lourdes Gutierrez, left, and Alida Cardo hold white roses given to them by Ivan Lopez, who dressed as Cuban poet Jose Marti to promote O, Miami poetry festival, on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. AL DIAZ / MIAMI HERALD STAFF.


Dodge Poetry Festival returns to Newark with Pulitzer Prize winners and slam ...
The Star-Ledger
The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry festival returns to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and Newark's Downtown Arts District for its fifteenth biennial this fall, bearing a roster of about 50 of the field's most celebrated writers and slam poets. Among ...


New York Times (blog)

Claudia Rankine Wins $50000 Poetry Prize
New York Times (blog)
Claudia Rankine has been named the eighth winner of the $50,000 Jackson Poetry Prize. The award, run by the nonprofit organization Poets & Writers, is “given annually to an American poet of exceptional talent who deserves wider recognition.” In an ...
Claudia Rankine awarded Jackson Poetry PrizeThe Malay Mail Online
Jamaica-born poet Rankine wins $50000 Jackson Poetry Prize; judges praise ...Ottawa Citizen

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Jacksonville Daily News

Students recognized in Poetry Slam
Jacksonville Daily News
They read poetry collections and learned about poetry, the different elements and poetic techniques, before they began writing their own poetry and practiced performing their poetry. “Slamming” is in part about expression. The top 16 student poems were ...


APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: Dennis McFarland's 'Nostalgia'
HNN Huntingtonnews.net
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Bloomberg

Riza Dreams of Poetry After Mom Risks Safety in Bangladesh
Bloomberg
Even at her age, Riza, a poetry-obsessed math whiz, understands that her mother's factory job was an essential, if eventually damaging, step in her family's quest for both security and prosperity. Standing in the front yard of her school, she imagines ...

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