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

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Fallen Journalist Finds Solace and Success in Poetry
New York Times
Sometimes, the words come to her on the Garden State Parkway or on the Outerbridge Crossing, snippets of verse that capture a flash of light, an eruption of color, a piercing cry. She recites the words aloud, burning them into memory, as she steps out ...


Poetry and Literature Calendar (Jan. 25 to Jan. 31)
Buffalo News
Today, 4 p.m.: Poetry and Dinner Night at the Woodlawn Diner, hosted by award-winning poet Sara Ries, and featuring poet Carol Townsend, associate professor of design at SUNY Buffalo State and board member of the Chautauqua Literary Arts Friends.


Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Olympia is blessed with rich poetry
The Olympian
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Philippine Star

Fever: Baguio's night of love songs and poetry
Philippine Star
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Appleton Post Crescent

Appleton seeks entries for sidewalk poetry program
Appleton Post Crescent
Concrete finisher Gary Pirk, left, and Korey Fischer, owner of Fishcher-Ulman Concrete Construction, use a template to make an impression of Patricia Kasten's poem "Outside" on a sidewalk block Tuesday, July 9, 2014, at City Park in Appleton, Wis ...

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This website will turn your tweets into poetry
The Next Web
You've always wished your tweets were a little more poetic, right? Well, now there's the perfect app for you: Poetweet. This simple website, which doesn't even require sign in, will turn your tweets from banalities into sweet poetry. The below poem is ...

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The Desert Sun

Poetry contest features Coachella Valley students
The Desert Sun
Poetry recitation gets competitive Saturday, when nine students face off in the Riverside County round of the national Poetry Out Loud contest. The students include several from Coachella Valley schools like Palm Desert High School, Xavier College ...


Resurrections, Do-Overs, And Second Lives: A 2015 Poetry Preview
NPR
Since 9/11, folks have been saying we need poetry more than ever, but perhaps now we need poetry even more than "more than ever." 2014 will go down as the year of Ferguson and Eric Garner, of the CIA torture report, of lost elections and more than a ...

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The Tennessean

Poetry in Motion® returns to Nashville in April
The Tennessean
Instead of the standard side-panel advertisements, Metro Nashville buses will start showcasing poetry in April. Poetry in Motion®, sponsored by Metro Nashville Arts commission, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority, the MTA Youth Action Team and ...


Monroe News Star

Poets to read works, conduct book signing
Monroe News Star
RUSTON – Award-winning Shreveport poets Ashley Mace Havird and David Havird will visit Louisiana Tech University to discuss and read their poetry and hold a book signing. The two poets will speak from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday in George T. Madison Hall ...

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