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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Palo Alto Online

Pure poetry: Resident Barbara Allen creates Palo Alto's first 'poetry post'
Palo Alto Online
Palo Alto native Barbara Allen has loved poetry since childhood. Raised by an aunt who lived on Coleridge Avenue, she played along streets named for some of the world's most celebrated poets: Tennyson, Melville, Coleridge and Emerson. As a teen, Allen ...

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New poetry by area poets to be featured on buses
The Olympian
New works of poetry and accompanying photography, displayed on placards normally used for advertising, are once again being placed inside Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses for the 2014-2015 edition of the Poetry in Transit initiative.

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New poetry by area poets to be featured on LCTA buses
Wilkes Barre Times-Leader
New works of poetry and accompanying photography, displayed on placards normally used for advertising, are once again being placed inside Luzerne County Transportation Authority buses for the 2014-2015 edition of the Poetry in Transit initiative.


Review: 'This Bird of Dawning' illuminates Christmas story with music, dance ...
Salt Lake Tribune
The performance uses dance, pantomime, and an eclectic selection of poetry and music to tell the Christmas story. The title comes from Shakespeare's "Hamlet," but several of the poems are local. Since the story begins with the Magi setting out to find ...


Hope releases his first book of poetry
Bradenton Herald
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The Columbian

African-American poets get their due
The Columbian
Focusing only on poems published in that era's black newspapers — the main literary outlet for black authors and poets of the time — "Voices" covers the gamut of African-American poetry from 1827 to 1899: odes to freedom and condemnation of slavery, ...


The Guardian

Imtiaz Dharker awarded Queen's gold medal for poetry
The Guardian
She added: “Hers is a unique perspective and an essential voice in the diversity of English-language poetry. It is a moral force – a force for good and a force for change – that refuses to see the world as anything less personal than an extended ...

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American Life in Poetry
The Spokesman Review
My father, rather a quiet man, / told a story only the one time, / if even then – he had so little / need, it seemed, of being understood. / Intervals of years, his silences! / Late in his life he recalled for us / that when he was sixteen, his papa ...


LancasterOnline

Meet the new poet laureate at Tellus360
LancasterOnline
Weitzel was named the county's fourth poet laureate earlier this month by Betsy Hurley, executive director of the sponsoring Lancaster Literary Guild. He is charged with promoting poetry and poetry education during his two-year term, which succeeds ...


Share “Video & interview - Poetic license:...”
NewsOK.com
Through fall 2015, the airy studio in the northwest corner of the landmark Skirvan hotel's first floor will be the permanent home for Edmond native Kerri Shadid's popular Poetry Stand, for which she writes spontaneous custom poems on the spot, as well ...

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