Choices

You can do and you can be whatever you want. You have the power, and the right, to make the changes.

There are many choices to be made as daily life goes by. There are changes in our world and choices in our lives. There are those who come and those who go. There are those who enrich, and those who drain. There are thoughts which improve our daily grind, and there are thoughts that depress us and bring us down.

Every chance meeting, every friendship, every love, every choice we make, changes us inside and out in ways we neither see nor notice until sometime later.

All of a sudden we encounter an old circumstance, but we handle it in a new way a better way. The choices and the changes we made have caused us to grow, to improve, and we can move on unafraid.

You have one life to live, don't let it count for naught. You have too much to give, Choose to give it!

Copyright 2004 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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Poetry pharmacy set to open in Shropshire  The GuardianThe Emergency Poet, Deborah Alma, plans to dispense literary first aid from a shop in Bishop's Castle.
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Poet Infuses Spoken Word Into Walking Tours  Spectrum News 1Mike Sonksen began writing poems in college and conducting tours after graduation. Before long, he merged the two.
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H.E.R. Speaks On Drake Collaboration Prospect, J. Cole & Poetry  HotNewHipHopHer heart cherishes lyrical prowess. The musical talents of H.E.R. are undeniable. The mystical songstress was honored with a Grammy Award nomination for ...
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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 ...
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?
Valentine’s Day Poetry from TSF  The Short FuseIf you haven't been on the Twitter dot com today, you might have missed that a number of people are riffing on the “Roses are red, violets are blue...” poetic verse ...
Poetry By Cher: 'Beto Beats...Blubber Bellied, Bullying, Blowhard' Trump  BreitbartCher shared a strange poem with her social media followers, fantasizing about Texas Democrat Beto O'Rourke defeating President Trump in the 2020 election.
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.
Open mic poetry and prose event to be at local coffeehouse  Salina JournalThis month's installment of "Say What?: Open Mic Poetry & Prose" is open to poets and prose readers of all age and is free of charge. Please arrive early to sign ...
Tanzanian nine-year-old poet: 'I want to show everything is possible'  BBC NewsTanzanian nine-year-old Tumaini's poems have covered apartheid and her country's first president.
Shepherd student wins scholarship to workshop with poet Collier  Herald-Mail MediaSHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Shepherd University student Lilli Sutton, an English major from Boonsboro, earned a scholarship to a poetry workshop by ...
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,
In search of lice and love  The Hindu BusinessLineUrvashi Bahuguna's debut poetry collection comes alive with engaging fragments of the world she inhabits.
Farhan Akhtar shares cosy pic with girlfriend Shibani Dandekar, pens poetry for her  Hindustan TimesFarhan Akhtar and Shibani Dandekar first sparked rumours of a relationship in 2018. The couple doesn't shy away from making public statements with their ...
War And After: How Poet Cheran Mapped The Sri Lankan Conflict Through Verse  HuffPost IndiaTamil poet Rudhramoorthy Cheran is known for his powerful verses that bring to life the horror and trauma of the 26-year-long civil war fought between the Sri ...
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.
Poetry In Motion | Community  Yankton Daily PressJim Reese's writing has taken him many different places — college classrooms, lecture halls and even prisons.
Baylor English Professor and Poet Receives One of New Zealand's Leading National Literary Awards  Baylor UniversityGrimshaw Sargeson Fellowship will allow Chloe Honum, Ph.D., to research and write during four-month residence at Sargeson Centre in Auckland.
Noted poet recollects old days  The TribuneTribune News *Service* Ludhiana, February 12. Noted poet, author and former IPS officer, Keki N Daruwalla, visited his alma mater, SCD Government College, ...
Poetry Out Loud Competition -  KUSISAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The national recitation competition Poetry Out Loud is heading to Sacramento for the next level of competition. The national student winner ...
Poetic blessings make New Moon landing | Lifestyles  The Daily News of NewburyportBlest Energy and poetic lines (and caffeine) will power the house this Saturday night at the New Moon Coffeehouse.
Professor Named Chancellor of Academy of American Poets  UT Knoxville NewsJoy Harjo, the John C. Hodges Chair of Excellence in English, has been appointed to the Board of Chancellors for the Academy of American Poets.
Comic Relief poetry book by Isle of Wight writer backed by Alan Titchmarsh  Isle of Wight County PressAN ISLE of Wight poet has written a book of light hearted verse to raise money for charity.
Corner Brook sisters found inspiration for new film in their father’s poetry  The CompassWhen Randall Maggs wrote “Night Work: The Sawchuk Poems” more than 10 years ago he didn't realize the impact it had on his daughters. Randy Maggs' book ...
Speculative Poetry: Poems of SFF and Other-Worldly Visions  Book RiotSpeculative poetry is an expanding genre with numerous sub-genres. To help you sort them out, we've rounded up some must-read collections.
The Curious Case of the Cassowary Casque  ScienceBlog.comAn incendiary flash of colour –. Your violent hues scatter the scrub;. We watch as you forage for food,. Using your casque like a fork. Reptilian eyes stare ...
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.
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?
Geffrey Davis Awarded Prestigious Literary Fellowship  University of Arkansas NewswireGeffrey Davis, a professor of poetry in the Program for Creative Writing and Translation, has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the ...
Professor Charles Bernstein awarded Yale's 2019 Bollingen Prize for Poetry  Penn: Office of University CommunicationsCharles Bernstein is the 51st poet to be honored with the biennial prize, one of the most prestigious given to American writers. Bernstein's latest collection ...
Crawford: Remembering a poet who wrote in the 'vernacular of humanity'  Greenville NewsKatherine Scott Crawford writes about recently deceased poet Mary Oliver.
Spring into Fife: What's happening in March, April and May 2019  The ListAs the days grow longer and winter finally loosens its frigid grip, there's no better place to enjoy spring's many gifts than Fife. Many perennial favourites mark ...
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American Life in Poetry: ‘Cradle Thief’  The Spokesman-ReviewCaitlin Doyle, who lives in Ohio, writes haunting, memorable poetry about the familiar and the strange. Her poetry is a fine example of what I call strategic artistry, ...
Feb. 7, Arts and Entertainment: Poet laureate enjoys first year  Vallejo Times HeraldD.L. Lang is the first to agree it is good to be queen. Actually, not quite queen. But poet laureate isn't a bad start. “It's changed my life,” Lang said. “It's changed ...
A Poet's Symbolic Resignation  HyperallergicWith The Resignation, poet Lonely Christopher shows his interest in “speeches that mean next to nothing.” Ben Tripp3 days ago · Facebook Tweet Email ...
Poet Al Mahmud dies at 82  Dhaka TribuneEarlier, he was admitted to Ibn Sina on February 9. At the hospital he was placed in the intensive care unit (ICU), under the supervision of Dr Abdul Hye.
Kathleen Fraser, poet and former SFSU professor, dies at 83  San Francisco ChronicleKathleen Fraser, a poet and former professor at San Francisco State University, died last Tuesday at age 83. Her death from natural causes was confirmed by ...

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