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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Charleston Gazette-Mail

Deadline set to register for Poetry Out Loud
Charleston Gazette-Mail
The deadline to register for the 2019 West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state competition registration is Dec. 3. Poetry Out Loud is a national contest and free program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, ...


NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Former North Texas Athlete Perseveres Through Poetry
NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
Nathaniel Little returns to Standridge Stadium, where 14 years ago, during his junior year at R.L. Turner High School in Carrollton, he suffered a catastrophic injury while tackling a fullback on the football field. “I chased him down and grabbed ahold ...


Sojourners

When Church Language Fails Us, We Resist With Poetry
Sojourners
Note: A version of this essay was given as a talk at Women Doing Theology 2018, at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary on November 9, 2018 in Elkhart, Ind. As a poet, I used to compartmentalize my poetry. Christian poetry, poetry of the body ...


CU Columbia Spectator

Quarto's chapbook event hosts a propelling performance of poetry
CU Columbia Spectator
The poetry of the contest's first-place winner, Mya Alexice, BC '20, revolved around themes of race and ethnicity. Alexice started writing their selection after taking inspiration from one of their favorite Barnard classes, Advanced Poetry with ...


Lexington Herald Leader (blog)

Al's Bar is for sale. Live music, poetry venue 'has been such a cultural phenomenon.'
Lexington Herald Leader (blog)
Four partners who transformed rowdy Al's Bar on North Limestone into a well-known venue for live music, poetry and local food, are putting the business up for sale. “We are not intending to close,” said Lester Miller, who with his wife, Aumaine Mott ...


wgbh.org

Poet Richard Blanco Shares New Spins on Old Forms
wgbh.org
Everything old is new again — in poetry, that is. Richard Blanco, the nation's fifth presidential inaugural poet and author, most recently of the collaboration "Boundaries," joined Boston Public Radio to share his favorite modern takes on classic ...


Inside Higher Ed

Why It Matters That More Americans Read Poetry Now
Inside Higher Ed
In September, the National Endowment for the Arts published surprising new data: poetry reading in the United States has almost doubled over five years. A 2012 NEA survey had found that only 7 percent of Americans had read poetry in the previous year, ...


Space.com

'Once Upon a Star' Is a Poetic Exploration of the Cosmos
Space.com
James Carter would be the first to admit that he is a children's book writer, not a scientist. "I wrote 'Once Upon a Star' very much as a starry-eyed poet, not an expert!" the U.K. author and songwriter said of his latest book, "Once Upon a Star: A ...


New York Times

Poetry on a Budget
New York Times
Kyle Page, the architect who founded Sundial Studios, in Brooklyn, designed a weekend house for his family in Phillipsport, N.Y. Much of the building is clad in weathering steel, and the windows become larger the closer they get to the nearby pond.


New York Times

The Worst Bad Poem? There's a Contest for That
New York Times
There was expectation in the room that someone would deliver a poem as lovely as a tree. Or not. The expectation was about choosing the worst of the worst — the worst bad poem of the year. The Alfred Joyce Kilmer Memorial Bad Poetry Contest has done ...

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Google News

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

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Three Love Poems [all wicked]

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Review Of Stephen B. Wileys First Book Of Poetry: HERO ISLAND

Poet Stephen B. Wiley's first book of poetry, Hero Island,... Read More

Two Poems, with Figurative Language

Says Mr. Dennis Siluk, when asked to review his poetry... Read More

Man Unbowed [A poem]

Man UnbowedUnbowed by sin, the world of man, stands Upon... Read More

The Plane from Iquitos [1959-Part One]

Iquitos & the Amazon Part OneIt was December 2, l959,... Read More

For My Mother

I cannot bear to think of when you will be... Read More

The King and Delka & Moiromma: the Cold Planet [Parts 25 and 26]

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Changes

I am not the one I was before yesterday.I cannot... Read More

Looking Out the Rear Window

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Two Poems on the Traditions of Peru [in English and Spanish]

Atahualpa's Game [Peruvian]Sometimes, it's not wise To share your wisdom... Read More

Shadows of the Andes; Ollantayambo; and Cesar Vallejo [Poems in English and Spanish]

1) Shadows of the Andes [or: Song to the Andes]I... Read More

Satirical Poetry About Tony Blair

All Hail.Is your hospital full of aliens, despite new cleaning... Read More

Bleed

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

Storm Rising along the Lima Coast

Storm Rising along the Lima Coast [Summer of 2002]?wind was... Read More

Kens Poem

How wonderfully sweet to be a dweller dwelling... Read More

The Art of Receiving Poetic Critique

You can show your poem to your mom, your spouse,... Read More

Lima, City with the Stretched out Wings [In English and Spanish]

Lima, City with the Stretched out WingsIt's an ink-black... Read More

Eds Poem

Ed Gallagher Dec. 11, 1907 - Sept. 5, 2004This poem... Read More

Joined

JOINEDHeart beat of man pounding - yet unheard joined... 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

Birthday Messages

I WANTED TO SAY IT WITH A BUNCH OF FLOWERS... Read More

Choices

You can do and you can be whatever you want.... Read More

Grandpas House & From Iraq with Love [Two Poems]

Grandpa's House [The ole Real House]The house needed painting Sun-blistered... Read More

Mechanical Poetry - Part Three

Have you ever read the lyrics of a Simon and... Read More