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

In The News:


The Guardian

Kei Miller wins Forward poetry prize
The Guardian
The Jamaican poet Kei Miller has won the prestigious Forward prize for the best poetry collection of 2014 for his “standout” book based on dialogue between a mapmaker striving to impose order on an unfamiliar land and a “Rasta-man” who queries his ...
Jamaican poet Kei Miller wins £10000 Forward PrizeTelegraph.co.uk
Poet's verse has chance to fit the billThe Oxford Times

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The Guardian

National Poetry Day 2014: a celebration in pottery, pizzas and popular memory
The Guardian
On the day itself, a star lineup, including the author Julia Donaldson and the poet and comedian John Hegley, will take part in the Poetry Society's National Poetry Day Live, taking over the Royal Festival Hall again for an afternoon of films and ...


Huffington Post

The Paradox of Contemporary Poetry
Huffington Post
On the one hand, poetry seems to be dwindling -- in bookstore shelves and traditional academic curricula -- so much so that it has become fashionable for journalists to frequently declare it dead. On the other hand, I have but to scroll through my ...


Political poetry in Russia: 1990s – 2000s
Russia Beyond the Headlines
Many poets who had become successful during Soviet times turned to nostalgic, even passionate, poems about the Russia they believed had died during Perestroika and Yeltsin's subsequent transition to democracy. Their protests ranged from the broad ...


Martha's Vineyard Times

Arnie Reisman dubbed Poet Laureate of Martha's Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard Times
Time will tell whether Arnie Reisman will be the most prolific and accomplished Poet Laureate of Martha's Vineyard, but it's a fair bet he'll be the most humorous. Last month Mr. Reisman became the Island's second poet laureate, succeeding the ...


Philosophy poet publishes poetry perfection
StateHornet.com
As much as some critics like to claim poetry as a dead art form, it still resides and thrives in hearts of some Sacramento art-lovers. While general readership in America might be down, the production of new poetry is at a definite high. For published ...


Pixel Poetry review
Eurogamer.net
Pixel Poetry is the latest, and it would seem to have several advantages. Not least, distribution from Devolver Film, the video arm of games publisher Devolver Digital. From Hotline Miami and Gods Will Be Watching to Titan Souls and Hatoful Boyfriend, ...


UT The Daily Texan

Poems to be brought to life at Poetry on the Plaza event
UT The Daily Texan
Poetry should be heard, not seen, according to Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis. This idea is the inspiration for her latest project, “Dylan Thomas and the Colour of Saying,” which celebrates the art of poetry through oral recitations of fellow Welsh poet ...
Be part of Dylan's Great Poem project on Poetry DayThe Guardian

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PBS NewsHour

Poet Edward Hirsch grieves his late son with an elegy for 'Gabriel'
PBS NewsHour
In 2011, Gabriel Hirsch, the 22-year-old son of acclaimed poet Edward Hirsch, died from a drug overdose. His father was beside himself with grief, and for a long time could not bring himself to work (since 2003 Hirsch has been the president of the John ...

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In Modi's visit to MLK memorial, a touch of diplomatic poetry
Washington Post
It was a moment of sheer diplomatic poetry. When President Obama showed India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi around the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on Tuesday, history seemed to come full circle. Many Indians take pride in the fact that King drew ...

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Google News

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