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:


O Pen! founder is a pied piper of poetry
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
They stream into the Pittsford Community Library with laptops, notebooks, printouts and sometimes stacks of poetry books at noon every Monday. They are the members of O Pen! Poetry Over Lunch, and they chatter and wave hello to each other as they head ...


Poetry a great place to get lost, forget yourself
The Coloradoan
“The Disappearing Cowboy Trick” is the intriguing title of Fort Collins author Kristin Abraham's latest book of poetry. Do cowboys really disappear? No, this is merely her clever title melding cowboy folklore with the carnival. Abraham said most of her ...


Vancouver Sun

Renowned Vancouver slam poet dead at 36
Vancouver Sun
Zaccheus Jackson, a nationally known and locally loved spoken word poet from Vancouver, has died. He was 36. Jackson was in Toronto, where he was scheduled to perform at the International Poetry Slam. Toronto police confirmed Friday that Jackson was ...
Vancouver poet Zaccheus Jackson's death by train in Toronto 'an absolute tragedy'Toronto Star

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Is poetry dead? Does anyone care?
Danbury News Times
A decade ago Newsweek Magazine published an article with the provocative headline: "Poetry is Dead. Does Anybody Really Care?" The author concluded that while "poetry is the highest form of writing," it takes "work" and that our culture was becoming ...


Mark Doty kicks off Calliope Poetry Reading Series
Wicked Local Falmouth
The Calliope Poetry Reading Series at West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Highway, will open its eighth season on Sunday, Sept. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. with National Book Award- winning poet and Chancellor of the American Academy of Poets, Mark Doty ...

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Take Heart: A Conversation in Poetry
Press Herald
Edited and introduced by Wesley McNair, Maine poet laureate. Poet Henry Braun lives in a wilderness far from neighbors in the middle of Mount Blue State Park. These two excerpts from his longer poem “Under Mount Blue” describe his life there. From ...

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Something Good: Christian Soul Music with Actual Poetry in It
Patheos (blog)
Let's talk poetry. I'm picky about my poetry, very picky. I'm afraid most of what passes for poetry these days — these recent centuries — is pretty banal. I suppose in the end the contemporary drivel will fade away like the worst of the previous ...


The Express Tribune

A different lens: The scientific roots of classical Pashto poetry
The Express Tribune
“This region's classical poetry contains many unnoticed scientific underpinnings,” Dr Qazi Hanifullah Hanif tells The Express Tribune. Hanif, 56, has recently completed his doctorate from the Pashto Academy at the University of Peshawar—with which he ...


Poetry and Literature Calendar (Aug. 31-Sept. 6)
Buffalo News
Wednesday, 7:30 P.M.: Just Buffalo Literary Café featuring poet Ansie Baird and poet/translator Jennifer Grotz. Baird, the Poet-in-Residence at Buffalo Seminary, won the White Pine Press Poetry Prize for her 2009 volume “In Advance of All Parting ...


Poetry can be an early form of artistic response to trauma
STLtoday.com
During the Ferguson protests, Poets.org documented a surge of interest in Langston Hughes' “Let America Be America Again.” “We've had 13,000 people read “Let America Be America Again” since Aug. 9 — so in the past 10 days,” emailed Jennifer Benka, ...

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Five Poems from Home [And a view on the planet vs. the poet]

Five Poems from Home1) Remembering: Dorothy Parker [Dedicated to the... Read More

Looking Out the Rear Window

The funeral rite concluded With the pastor shaking hands, Offering... Read More

Stone Beds [A Poem and an Advance]

Stone Beds [Pompeii's surge]Advance: after the great eruption of Pompeii's... Read More

Beautiful Dreamer, Stephen Foster, Americas First Folk Song Writer

"Beautiful Dreamer" was written by Stephen Foster just before his... Read More

Footprints to Mantaro Valley (a poem in Spanish and English)

Footprints to Mantaro Valley (English version)In what retreat art hid?-Where... Read More

Burning Autumn Leaves [a poem in Spanish and English]

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Bleed

now is not the time to open open that great... Read More

Publishing Your Poetry

If you are serious about seeing your work published by... Read More

An Old Wood Pile [a poem with notes]

Old skin, once held tight Against her skeleton- Rose no... Read More

Passion and Poetry, and Life

Ironically, the passion that can neutralize the repulsion for difficulties... Read More

The Game of Life

When your life becomes unbearable And the light of... Read More

Blind Designs [a Poem] and a Note by Rosa on The Other Door

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Mother, I Dont Mind The Pain

I am among those who know that one never recovers... Read More

Two Poems with Triggers [and a commentary]

So Many Einstein'sThe morning mist, insists there is a God.... Read More

Robert Burns Love Poem: A Red, Red Rose

Robert Burns, a poor man, an educated man, and a... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

Learn about love by reading poetry by a long dead... Read More

The Spirits de Copan

Part oneI see them in the skies I hear them... Read More

Article on Poetry and Two Poems

Writing Poetry for TomorrowWhat does a man need to be... Read More

Because of You

You are to me my lifeline my security. That scares... Read More

I Hate The Wait (Weight)

I get up in the morningAnd want to stay in... Read More

The Exit Poems [Iron and Fire & No Heroes]

The Exit Poems [And Socrates]Iron and FireIron can be... Read More

Ceasar Vallejo: Black Roses [In English and Spanish]

Cesar Vallejo: Black RosesBow down your head ol' poet- To... Read More

Five Mixed Poems, with Notes [now is Spanish and English]

1.Night in Jamaica [Peruvianism: 1810]It was a rainy night... Read More

Ole Bulky Jeeps & Paper, Ink and Rain [two Peoms]

Ole Bulky JeepsThrough late summer's heat These bulky shaped jeeps... Read More

I Saw the Universe

I can see the cerulean blue of the skiesOr the... Read More