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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The Guardian

The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry review – the importance of rhyme and reason
The Guardian
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Brisbane Times

The emergence of Clive Palmer, poet. Photo: Supplied
Brisbane Times
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Your Houston News

Kingwood grad bringing common ground to 19th century English poetry, ballet at ...
Your Houston News
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The Guardian

Happiness by Jack Underwood review – ambitious, energetic poetry
The Guardian
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The Providence Journal

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The Providence Journal
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New York Times

Review: From Israel, 'The Kindergarten Teacher,' a Drama About Poetry and ...
New York Times
As a hobby — or perhaps as a vehicle for unexpressed ambitions and frustrated desires — she attends a poetry workshop with other amateur versifiers. Then one day she witnesses a startling act of creation. One of her pupils, a cherubic, sleepy-eyed ...

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Noise

Poets say Lansing club all about building relationships
Noise
“I've been writing poetry and coordinating for a really long time in the area, and I was drafted,” she explained. “The club was looking for leadership, and I had come to a few meetings, and I didn't intend to take a position here, but it's a wonderful ...


Traverse City Record Eagle

On Poetry: The lake, summertime nostalgia as fall nears
Traverse City Record Eagle
Robert Frost called this kind of poetry “playing tennis with the net down.” Free verse? Yes, but as T.S. Eliot warned, “No verse is free for the man who wants to do a good job.” And, too, it has its own tradition, from the earliest Ancient Greek poets ...

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City buses to showcase Madisonians' poetry
Madison.com
The call for poetry sponsored by Metro Transit, the Madison Arts Commission and Sarah Busse and Wendy Vardaman, Madison's poets laureate. Busse and Vardaman picked the poems that will appear on the buses, Rusch said, but all the poems that were ...


Forbes

Lexus' Music And Poetry Television Show 'Verses & Flow' Returns Tonight
Forbes
The automaker is meeting music and poetry fans where they are, and is sponsoring content that they want: performances and interviews. The show is primarily aimed at an African American audience, and most of the performers are black as well. In addition ...

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