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:


5 Poetry Forms That Make Editors Sit Up And Take Notice
Huffington Post
April is National Poetry Month, a time when poets and would-be bards alike turn their attention to verses both free and formal. If you're going to write poetry, why not try giving your work a unique twist, something that editors of literary magazines ...


Paste Magazine

Rhyme 'em, cowboy
The Economist (blog)
APRIL is National Poetry Month in the United States. Alongside all the readings, festivals and workshops, one much-loved offshoot is Cowboy Poetry Week, now in its 30th year, which takes place from the 20th to the 26th. (Lots of events are listed here.).
GWU professor talks National Poetry MonthShelby Star
Poetry SeasonWebster Kirkwood Times
It's National Poetry Month, Watch David Tennant Recite a Sultry SonnetPaste Magazine
Gaston Gazette -Huffington Post -Wesleyan Connection (blog)
all 11 news articles »

Lincolnwood Library to host authentic After Hours Poetry Night
Skokie Review
LINCOLNWOOD — The Lincolnwood Public Library will morph into an old world “beatnik-style” coffee house this month complete with candlelit tables when poetry-lovers convene for an “After Hours Poetry Night” event in celebration of National Poetry Month ...


Free poems? Poetry class writes rhymes on the spot
GW Hatchet (subscription) (blog)
Forced inside by the heavy rain, 13 poetry students huddled around a small table on the entrance floor of Gelman library Tuesday afternoon, eagerly punching out poem after poem on a time-worn typewriter. Though partially hidden by the small herd of ...
Poet with populist streak to read in ColumbiaBaltimore Sun

all 2 news articles »

OUPblog (blog)

Top five hip hop references in poetry
OUPblog (blog)
Hip hop has influenced a generation of poets coming to prominence, poets I call “The Inheritors of Hip Hop.” Signaling how the music serves as a shared experience and inspiration, they mention performers and songs as well as anecdotes from the genre's ...


BU Today

Irish-born poet celebrated for his wit, use of puns
BU Today
Paul Muldoon, who won the Pulitzer Prize for poetry in 2003 for his collection Moy Sand and Gravel, will be the featured poet at tonight's Robert Lowell Memorial Poetry Reading. Photo by Michael Potiker. Paul Muldoon is accomplished at so many things ...
CK Williams on his foray into prose poetryWashington Post
Bucknell's Poetry Path is public art meant to be heard: Not far by carThe Patriot-News
Unofficial Holiday of April 17th - Haiku Poetry DayWTVY, Dothan
News from Rutgers -Estes Park Trail-Gazette -Corvallis Gazette Times
all 21 news articles »

The Poetry of the Trading Floor, Going Beyond Bears and Bulls
New York Times
My point here is the eternal poetic inventiveness of the financial mind. Popular opinion has it that bankers think of nothing but profit. But their brains are fixated on poetic invention. Money seems to be a side issue. And if modern poets had half the ...

and more »

National Poetry Month continues with two Syracuse poetry slams: GET OUT
The Post-Standard
ArtRage Gallery will present "Messages of Motivation and Love," a poetry slam for National Poetry Month with spoken word performers Mic Tha Poet and Seneca Wilson. Comedian Corey Smithson will also perform. Mic has been published in two anthologies ...


Nina Cassian, Exiled Romanian Poet, Dies at 89
New York Times
Nina Cassian, an exiled Romanian poet who sought refuge in the United States after her poems satirizing the regime of President Nicolae Ceausescu fell into the hands of his secret police, died on Monday at her home in Manhattan. She was 89.

and more »

How knitting and writing poetry can make you a better worker
Today.com
Here's a reason embrace your inner guitar hero or secret poetry writing habit: It may be making you better at your day job. Employees who did something creative after work – like knitting, drawing or even playing a video game that required creative ...

and more »
Google News

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

Elizabeth Barrett Browning: A Discussion of How Do I Love Thee?

"How Do I Love Thee?" by Elizabeth Barrett Browning was... Read More

Arizona Blue--Gunfighter: The Wolves Nest [Chapter One of Seven: The North]

[Episode Five]Arizona Blue-GunfighterThe Wolves Nest-in the North[Episode Five]Northern Minnesota Area?Winter... Read More

Shaking out the Rugs [Following the Poet]

Let's follow the poet to his Hell and heaven! Count... Read More

Ive Learned

You cannot make someone love you. All you can do... Read More

Thank You To Our Soldiers And A Tribute To Old Glory And A Prayer For Peace

Thank youDedicated to soldiers and their loved onesFor those who... Read More

Two Poems with Triggers [and a commentary]

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

The Ballad of: Brawling Mad-dog Sergeant Rook [Now in: SPANISH and English]

English VersionA bunch of us guys in the hutIn ?Nam... Read More

New Poetic Work By Ethiopian Immigrant Promotes Respect, Courage And Cultural Sensitivity

McLean, VA - "The Healing Conscious" tells the story of... Read More

Preserving Dignity

No one should have to beg or crawl before humanity.... Read More

Little Girl from Huancayo [a poem/in English and Spanish]

Little girl from HuancayoDo you really, really know? Just how... Read More

Learn About Love From Poet Rumi

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

Bleed

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

Superman

So many looked to you for inspiration,Unlikely hero for the... Read More

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

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

Give Me a Lily Pad & The Continuum [two Poems]

What can I do to keep this world in its... 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

Recollections

I AM SO GRATEFUL for simpler times. Stores were closed... Read More

To My Friend, With Love

All is still; all quiet; The world seems to... Read More

Five Poems

Poems have different cores, or so I believe, and can... Read More

Commuting Hell!

It's dark, it's cold, its' just six thirty,thoughts of sleep... Read More

Two Poems and a Short Story

1)dying in the bar [sluggishly]yet, I would crawl too upto... Read More

Walt Whitman, Romance With a Stranger

The concept of brief encounters, even romantic encounters, with a... Read More

Live For Today...

Isn't that what they say?But what does that mean?There's no... Read More

In The Midst Of All

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