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 Star-Ledger

Dodge Poetry Festival: 5 tips on writing from former poet laureate Billy Collins
The Star-Ledger
NEWARK — Billy Collins has climbed to the top the U.S. poetry scene, serving as the U.S. poet laureate from 2001 until 2003. Over the course of his career he has won numerous awards from being named Poet of the year from Poetry magazine to winning the ...
County announces poetry winnersSan Mateo Daily Journal
Poet laureate's job? Maybe it's leading horse to waterThe News Journal
American Life in Poetry: The TransferKearney Hub

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NJ.com

At Dodge Poetry Festival, veterans and new writers take center stage
NJ.com
Mcpherson was one dozens of poets--including poet laureates and new writers--reciting their work at the 15th biennial Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival today in Newark. The poets performed in front of a diverse audiences, from local school groups to ...
Poetry takes center stage at Dodge festival in Newark, NJNewsworks.org
Dodge Poetry Festival to pay tribute to Amiri BarakaThe Star-Ledger
Pinsky on poetry: Teachers should 'do no harm,' from Dodge FestMorristown Green
Huffington Post
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Mirror.co.uk

Man gets 8 years for stabbing friend in drunk argument over poetry
New York Daily News
Russians take their poetry seriously. A 53-year-old lover of romantic verse has been sentenced to eight years for stabbing a friend to death in a drunken argument over literary forms, the Daily Telegraph reported. The former teacher had gone to meet a ...
Poetry fan stabbed book loving friend during argument over which genre was ...Mirror.co.uk
Poetry lover stabbed prose fan after argument over which literary genre was betterMetro

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New Hampshire Public Radio

Poetry Rules the Aspen Off-Season
Aspen Daily News
The Aspen Poets' Society has provided a venue for poets and poetry-lovers to convene since 2007. Simply providing an open venue to present and take in works was actually a significant moment for our valley's poets when Lisa Max Zimet and Kim Nuzzo ...
The Real Dead Poets SocietyNew Hampshire Public Radio

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Art, poetry reception for Smith siblings Nov. 9
Wicked Local Melrose
Art Reception and Poetry with Sydney Smith and Wendell Smith, 2 to 4 p.m.. Enjoy art and refreshments at the reception for local artist Sydney Smith, whose artwork will be exhibited on our walls during the month of November. At the reception, Wendell ...

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Telegraph.co.uk

Russian poetry lover gets 8 years for murder of prose fan
Telegraph.co.uk
"During the drinking, the two men began an argument over which literary genre is more important, poetry or prose," said a spokesman for the regional investigative committee. "The owner of the home argued that prose is the real literature, while his ...


Fond du Lac Reporter

Success: Love of FDL leads Wehner the arts
Fond du Lac Reporter
Mary Wehner is known in Fond du Lac for her enthusiasm in the arts community. A poet, painter and jazz enthusiast, she has lent her hand to many organizations both local and statewide, and has worked in a variety of fields. “I think sometimes that I've ...


Down Syndrome: Poetry, Painting, Perspective
Huffington Post
At the poetry site I manage, we have delved into the beauty of the eyes of those who live with Down syndrome--not the literal eyes, but the ways of seeing. It is a hard beauty at times, a poetry of injury. Overall, we are not trying to definitively ...


Self-Help Parody Teaches You How To Understand Poetry (IMAGES)
Huffington Post
If you're looking to learn about poetry or jazz music, it may be better to consult a few primary sources before conducting an Internet search that will more than likely lead you swiftly to a funny but ignorant WikiHow page. This is the premise of 120 ...


Alexander Weiss, ranger who preserved Angel Island poetry, dies
SFGate
He learned that the walls were covered with poetry written in Chinese and Japanese by would-be immigrants and started an effort to preserve them. Mr. Weiss was characteristically modest about his effort. “I just started the engine,'' he said. “Others ...

Google News

Two Poems Written During Recovery

Since my wife and I are moving, or preparing to... Read More

Mechanical Poetry

Do you ever stare at the paper, waiting for poetic... Read More

Africa - Wheres The Profit?

A poetic comment that just welled up inside my head... Read More

Breathing-in, Minnesota [a poem: now in Spanish and English]

In early fall, in Minnesota, the rain falls, falls, In... Read More

My Final Defeat - Fixed Competition

She probably can't remember and I know I can never... Read More

Chan Chan and The Gorriones (Two Poems in English and Spanish)

The following two poems, one in English, the other in... Read More

Life is a Fantasy

LIFE IS A FANTASY!A pink-eyed rabbit, fuzzy whiteHops in bedrooms... Read More

Article on Poetry and Two Poems

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

My hero, my best friend, my Grannio (a.k.a my Grandmother)

She raised me like I was her own daughter from... Read More

Ode to: The Ice Maiden of Ampatos Summit [now in: English and Spanish]

Dedcate to Antonio Castillo. L. Of. Los Andes UniversitarioOde to:The... Read More

Kafka Re-Trial

Kafka lands resurrected in Crewe deposited by a silvery alien... Read More

Publishing Your Poetry

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

Poetry ?Reborn? Emerges In Thriller Mystery Novel

Since Mohamed Ali?then Cassius Clay?announced that he had written "The... Read More

Robert Burns Love Poem: A Red, Red Rose

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

Three Sweet Poems, and Two Not So Sweet [now in: SPANISH and English]

1) End PoemWherever you are today- Is where you were... Read More

The Treasure of Catalina Huanca (In English and Spanish)

Note: written after seeing the little adobe 16th century church... Read More

Three Poems and Paradise Lost [One for Hell, One for Heaven one for an Inca King]

The Torrents of HellHell's furnace- Likened to a chimney Vomits... Read More

Three Love Poems [all wicked]

Advance: Mr. Dennis Siluk's poetry can have its fire-hearted twists:... Read More

Lord Byrons She Walks in Beauty

Lord Byron's opening couplet to "She Walks In Beauty" is... Read More

The Cat

Truth is stranger than fiction according to many people who... Read More

My Grannio

I never thought I would have to say GOODBYE to... Read More

In The Midst Of All

In the midst of darkness, there is light. In... Read More

The Goat and the Rope [a Poem: in Spanish and English]

The Goat and the Ropewhere there were devils I saw... Read More

A Hundred and Fifty Dead [Korean War--l952]

There I sat, ninety-five degree weatherOutside; the bookstore caf, was... Read More

The Dead God of Copan (in English and Spanish)

English VersionAnd the Death God said: "Let it rise to... Read More