Changes

I am not the one I was before yesterday.

I cannot go back.

I am not the one I will be tomorrow.

I can not see that far ahead.

I am who I am now, today.

The person I see in the mirror changing so subtly, but changing, becoming a new person minute by minute day by day.

The possibilities are endless, but I must choose which way I will change, each decision I make changes me in some way, positively or negatively.

Let me open myself to good changes, to positive steps, happy feelings.

Let me open my heart to others that their joy and experiences may change me in a positive manner into the person I will become

Copyright 2002 Fran Watson

For more poetry and stories you can go to Fran's webpage http://www.franwatson.ca

In The News:

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Kingston poetry, arts festival cancelled due to alleged incident of vandalism  Global NewsA Kingston student's poem was selected for the Skeleton Park Arts Festival, but after an alleged incident of vandalism days before, the organizers were forced to ...
20 works of Canadian poetry to check out in spring 2019  CBC.caCheck out these titles from Canadian poets coming out in the first half of the year.
CIDR Poetry Slam  BLC News & EventsThe Center for Intercultural Development and Resources (C.I.D.R.) presents a Poetry/Spoken Word Slam in The Lab coffee shop (in Luther Hall 105) as part of ...
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Enter this poetry competition to win big  Kempton ExpressCalling upon all writers to enter the Poetry International 2019 poem and short story competition.
42nd Writers Week continues with a strong poetry lineup and thought-provoking novelists  Highlander NewspaperFrom Feb. 11-15, UCR's Department of Creative Writing and the LA Review of Books welcomed award-winning writers from a variety of genres to read their ...
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Slam poetry creates catharsis for North Delta youth  Surrey Now-LeaderBurnsview Secondary team gearing up for poetry festival and competition in April.
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Grondwoorde Afrikaans Poetry competition  News24A GRADE 11 Afrikaans First Additional Language speaker at Greytown High School, Abigail van Staden, received honorary mention for two of her three poems ...
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Poetry Out Loud Recitation Contest at Bookworks, Albuquerque  Weekly AlibiUnlike slam poetry, Poetry Out Loud asks students to select existing works from an anthology of 900 poems edited by The Poetry Foundation. The focus of the ...
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Using Poetry As Purpose, These Students Are Creating Change In Classrooms  Youth Ki AwaazSlam Out Loud's Jijivisha Fellowship involves practitioners of art work with children in marginalised communities to build creative expression.
Six Missoula students advance to state poetry competition  The MissoulianStudents from Missoula-area schools recited the works of poets including Stephen Crane, Maya Angelou and Brenda Cárdenas during a regional poetry ...
An Interview with Poet Thom Caraway  Spokane Public RadioThom Caraway is the author of the poetry collections, A Visitor's Guide to North Dakota , published by Finishing Line Press in 2007 and What the Sky Lacks.
Skeen reflects on establishing poetry center  MSUTodayAnita Skeen, founding director of the Center for Poetry at MSU and a professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, is considered one of ...
Students put 'truth' on display at Poetry Slam in Hammond  Chicago TribuneA new art gallery in Hammond was recently christened with a Poetry Slam. Twenty-five entrants were set to perform before the audience of more than 100 ...
In 'Kill Class,' A Poet Aims To Map The Distance Between Perspectives  NPRAt her best, Nomi Stone is able to make an anthropological excavation into something beautiful and haunting, laced with double meanings. But at times she ...
Charleston's 'Soul of Poetry' event to combine meditation and spiritual poems  Charleston Post CourierCharleston-based poet and writing instructor Matthew Foley is combining his love of meditation and words into a brand new event that will take place on Friday.
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51 students to compete in West Virginia Poetry Out Loud state finals  Huntington Herald DispatchCHARLESTON - Fifty-one students from across West Virginia will recite poems by Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Sara Teasdale, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ...
Land of westlin’ winds: the best Scottish poetry for Burns Night  The GuardianJames Naughtie's picks include bashed pillows, sharp stars and sexy spacemen. What are your favourites?
N.C. Poet Laureate, N.C. A&T students share poetry with Biscuitville customers in Greensboro  Greensboro News & RecordA Biscuitville in Greensboro served poetry with breakfast on Monday when N.C. Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green and N.C. A&T students shared their art with ...
Jimmy Cvetic Dies: Local Icon Was A Poet, Retired Detective And Boxing Coach  90.5 WESAJimmy Cvetic, a singular Pittsburgh character, has died. Cvetic, a gregarious and gravelly-voiced Pittsburgh native, was a Vietnam veteran, Allegheny County ...
Poetic Waxing (and Waning)  Tribune-ReviewOur Book Club recently read various works by Edgar Allen Poe, including his poem 'The Raven.' This led to a discussion of poetry in general and complaints ...
Nick Cave names his most loved poets  Far Out MagazineNick Cave has revealed some of his most loved poets while in conversation with his fans. Cave, who was answering questions via his new fan led platform Red ...
Ghosts, poetry and tragedy inspired by Noh theater at Windward CC  UH System Current NewsWindward Community College presents three cross-cultural, one-act plays taking theories of Noh theater and translating them for a contemporary western ...
Satyajit Sarna’s debut poetry collection, The Profane, is a meditation on death, dissent and our time on...  FirstpostThe Profane is Delhi-based Satyajit Sarna's first collection of poetry and has “poems of heartbreak and disillusion, of loneliness and mortality, but also of passion ...
‘I don’t get off/on pain anymore’: Poets turn life’s challenges into verse  The Washington PostFor nearly 30 years, Dorianne Laux has written about love and violence, survival and grief, in poems that are clear, compelling and insightful. In “Only as the Day ...
Budget Shayari: When Finance Ministers Married Poetry and Policy  News18Here's a look at some of the poems that were recited during the Union Budget speeches.
REVIEW: Poetry Brothel Lupercalia celebrates sexuality, poetry at Middle East  Daily Free PressLight-up shoes, lace, velvet and wings adorned the crowd lined up in front of the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub in Cambridge Feb. 13. They awaited the ...
Poet accused of insulting government 'must be freed'  BBC NewsRights group Amnesty demands the release of a poet detained for insulting the Somaliland government.
The Peninsula's Poetry  Door County PulseCurated by the Door County Poets Collective. Beginning in January 2019 and continuing in the first week of each month, the Door County Poets Collective will ...
Uncovering a Portland poet  The Register-GuardThe Room Upstairs: Uncovering the Life and Poetry of Hazel Hall” will be told through music, dance, lecture and readings in a special presentation next week in ...
Poet Who Wrote About Milwaukee's Fair Housing Struggle Named Poet Laureate  Wisconsin Public Radio NewsPeggy Rozga has been named a Wisconsin Poet Laureate, serving as an ambassador for poetry and creativity through her 2020 term.
Singing in dark times  The Indian ExpressIn times of amnesia and misappropriation, Asian poetry is a house of memory.
Deltona High students publish book of poetry  The West Volusia BeaconFrom migrant workers to major-league sports stars, a new book of poetry written by an intensive reading class at Deltona High School pays tribute to all aspects ...
Black History Month poetry showcase to feature Flint poet, CMU student poets  Central Michigan LifeA poetry showcase for Black History Month will feature Flint poet Ernest Mack of "Nobody Big Yet" and Central Michigan University student poets as special ...
Students connect with the incarcerated in poetry course  MSUTodayGuillermo Delgado, academic specialist in community and socially engaged arts in RCAH, leads a course at MSU where he and RCAH students venture to local ...
Seeking the Poet In Each of Us: Library Wants Your Verse For Anthology  TAPinto.netNEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Tis coming on spring, when the birds will sing, and with the approach of National Poetry Month in April, the city library is seeking ...
Yodels All Around: An Elko Journal, Part III  National ReviewAt the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada, there is plenty of music around. Indeed, it's as ubiquitous as the poetry.
George Street Press hosts blackout poetry event  The SnapperSimren Shah. Associate Features Editor. Friday, the George Street Press, Millersville University's literary magazine, hosted a blackout poetry event in the atrium ...
Retrospective collection by Robert Bly puts poetry at the center of life  Minneapolis Star TribuneThere might be little left to say about Robert Bly, the poet, critic, translator and nonagenarian whose astonishing “Collected Poems” is now available. Ever since ...
Bob Dylan's Lyrics, Poetry, and Prose Showcased at Chicago's American Writers Museum  Mental FlossDylan's personal copy of "The Catcher in the Rye" is one of the rare items on display. In it, he wrote notes and drew doodles.
American Life in Poetry: ‘Aquarium, February’ by Liz Ahl  The Spokesman-ReviewLiz Ahl was once a very talented graduate student in our creative writing program at the University of Nebraska, but she's long since moved on to teach at ...
Micromobility: the Prose and Poetry of the Scooter-Faithful  WIREDThe shared, electric scooter and bike-based industry has earned its own conference—even as the hype starts to cool.
Founder of Dead Poets Society is published, posthumously  Tribune-ReviewPORTLAND, Maine — The late founder of the Dead Poets Society of America can be inducted to the society of fallen bards now that he's now a published poet.
Carroll County student takes first place in regional poetry competition  Carroll County TimesThe Poetry Out Loud competition held annually encourages students to memorize and perform great poems. Gerstell Academy student Kate Maerten took home ...
300 Million Poets: Amateur Poetry and Our Imminent Reconnection to the Land  ResilienceThe “poetry of everyday life” -- amateur poetry written every day by common people; personal reflections written and shared with family and neighbors,
Love, poetry and pan-Arabism: The broken dream of Balqis and Nizar  Middle East EyeEvery year, Arab scholars commemorate the 1981 assassination of Balqis al-Rawi, wife of poet Nizar Qabbani. He stopped writing about love - and the Arab ...
Local high school students to compete in Poetry Out Loud state finals in March  Beckley Register-HeraldSeveral local students will recite poems by Rita Dove, Billy Collins, Sara Teasdale, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Kevin Young and ...
Yale ‘genius grant’ winner Claudia Rankine to open Sunken Garden Poetry Festival - Hartford Courant  Hartford CourantPoet Claudia Rankine, the MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner who teaches poetry at Yale, will launch the 27th annual Sunken Garden Poetry Festival ...
Award-Winning Poet Terrance Hayes to Give Reading at Trinity Next Week  San Antonio CurrentTwo-time National Book Award winner and MacArthur fellow Terrance Hayes will be in San Antonio next week for a few events. On Thursday, February 28,...
Hebrew Poetry of Muslim Spain is Topic of 2019 Carleton Forkosh Family Judaic Studies Lecture  Carleton College NewsPoet and Hebrew translator Peter Cole will present Carleton's 2019 Forkosh Family Lecture in Judaic Studies on Monday, Feb. 18, from 8-9 p.m. in Leighton Hall ...
Sometimes, poetry is the best therapy I can find  The Globe and MailThe best poetry acts as a compass for life's priorities, Frank Buchar writes. It offers insights to eclipse doubt – on business, on timing and on living life to its fullest.
Teachers promise to print book of their poetry motivates Deltona High students  Daytona Beach News-JournalRipping the wrapping paper from the packages in front of them, students in Hazel Sparrow's intensive reading class at Deltona High began to grin once they ...
Huckleberries: CdA’s propagator of poetry pens poems that are pure Montana  The Spokesman-ReviewRoger Dunsmore has spent the six years in his adopted hometown of Coeur d'Alene promoting the work of other poets. Dunsmore?
Tom Brady turned to poetry in his latest motivational Instagram post  Boston.comPatriots quarterback Tom Brady shared a poem from Douglas Malloch called "Good Timber." Read more on Boston.com.
Crawford: Remembering a poet who wrote in the 'vernacular of humanity'  Greenville NewsKatherine Scott Crawford writes about recently deceased poet Mary Oliver.
James K Baxter: venerated poet's letters about marital rape rock New Zealand  The GuardianCollection of writings just released includes references to rape of then-wife Jackie Sturm, herself an acclaimed poet and author.
GL Theater Presents Poetry Reading  wvdispatch.comThe Greenwood Lake Theater will present a poetry reading at the Village Buzz Café, located at 91 Windermere Ave. in Greenwood Lake, on Sun., Mar. 3.

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