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

Hebridean poet wins UK's richest poetry prize with debut collection
The Guardian
The bi-annual competition, which is funded by the Edwin Morgan trust and run by the Scottish Poetry Library, was judged by poets Stewart Conn and Jen Hadfield. Hadfield said: Campbell's light touch is a rarity In contemporary poetry. There's no ...
Scots poet wins top prize for Uist-inspired workScotsman

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The Guardian (blog)

Phill Jupitus, Hannah Silva, Hollie McNish and the poetry of protest
The Guardian (blog)
A book festival session on protest poetry on Saturday took a nostalgic Phill Jupitus on a canter through a career that started in the early 1980s when he was a civil servant by day and fought Thatcher by night, “like a kind of ideological Batman ...


SA's Gritty PuroSlam is Feared, Respected in National Slam Poetry Scene
San Antonio Current
Slam is conventionally defined as the art of competitive performance poetry. Invented in the 1980s by a Chicago construction worker named Marc Smith, slam is a competition in which poets have three minutes and 10 seconds to impress randomly selected ...


Poetry on Pause
Santa Fe Reporter
After eight years with an official city poet laureate, the Santa Fe Arts Commission has paused the program for evaluation. Jon Davis became poet laureate for Santa Fe in July of 2013, which means his two-year term expired this summer (read his column).


10 local poets part of Northfield Sidewalk Poetry Celebration
Southernminn.com
For the last four years, the Northfield Arts and Culture Commission has partnered with Friends and Family of the Library to host a poetry contest. After announcing the winners, their poems are periodically stamped into sidewalks throughout Northfield.


Poetry's evolutionary niche at Cornell Plantations
Cornell Chronicle
Consider an orchid's foot-long spur and a moth's 12-inch tongue stretching through the spur to reach the orchid's nectar. Poet Joanie Mackowski sees in this biological oddity the same co-evolutionary process that gives us poetry. She'll explore this ...


San Antonio Current

Poetry Open Mic Round-up: 8 spots around town to share your words
San Antonio Current
Open mic nights generally stand in contrast to slam, wherein poets approach the mic at their own peril. They offer artists a chance to grow in their craft without the horror of scorecards. The audience can then enjoy without the soundtrack of whooping ...


Achiever | Brandeis student wins poetry award
The Courier-Journal
About the poem: Shubh has been writing poetry since he was in kindergarten, and he has entered the Reflections contest many times, often winning at state but not advancing to nationals before this year. The closing line of Shubh's poem, "Believe, Dream ...


KRON 4

World Oldest Man Still Loves Poetry at Age 111
KRON 4
TOKYO (AP) — A 111-year-old retired Japanese educator who enjoys poetry has been recognized as the world's oldest living man. Sakari Momoi received a certificate from Guinness World Records on Wednesday. He succeeds Alexander Imich of New York, ...
Japanese 'lover of poetry' (111) named world's oldest manIrish Independent

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London Book And Poetry Events: 21-27 August 2014
Londonist
UNDERSTANDING SHAKESPEARE: St James Studio near Victoria has a Shakespeare masterclass with Giles Taylor. More for thespians than casual readers, you're advised to bring a 12-15 line piece of Shakespearean verse so you can then learn to speak ...

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