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

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The Making of Poetry: Coleridge, the Wordsworths and their Year of Marvels by Adam Nicolson  Financial TimesA new kind of literary biography relives the 'year of poetic marvels' that Wordsworth and Coleridge spent in Somerset.

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