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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Kate Clanchy: ‘Poetry makes children feel important, that they’re heard’  The GuardianThe writer and schoolteacher on poetry's power to inspire the young.
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Sign Up Now for the First Illustration Contest for Classical Chinese Poetry  That's OnlineHelp the classics live on by creating your own illustrations of China's timeless traditions.
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Fun Ideas for Poetry Month  WFSBApril is poetry month and family and lifestyle blogger Julie Kieras is here with fun games and activities to get the kids excited about poetry. To see more products ...
Hannah Sullivan wins inaugural John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize  The Irish TimesOxford professor's debut collection Three Poems has already won the TS Eliot Prize.
3 Alaska Native Poets For You To Read ASAP  Book RiotI live on stolen, originally Indigenous land in Alaska. Because of this, it's important to me that I seek out Indigenous voices, like Alaska Native poets.
Skater Gino Iannucci Writes the Next Chapter of His POETS Brand  HighsnobietyPro skater Gino Iannucci is known for his signature style on and off the board. Now he's reviving his POETS label to give himself a bigger platform.
Give Everybody Everything: The Financial Life of Bernadette Mayer  kcrw.comIf poetry makes nothing happen, it also makes very little in the way of income. Take the acclaimed poet Bernadette Mayer. Often aligned with the Language ...
Poetry spot: 'His Gun Shooting, a Vigilante' by Sylvia Chan  AZCentralPoetry spot is part of a collaboration with local poets to bring poetry closer to the center of our everyday lives.
Humanities Kansas announces Topekan Huascar Medina as 2019-21 poet laureate  Wellington Daily NewsHuascar Medina calls himself a helianthus — a type of sunflower that has planted a seed in Kansas, taken root and is now blooming.Medina is a Topekan, ...
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Poetry That Bears Witness to a Changing Natural World  The New YorkerDan Chiasson on David Baker, a poet of American anti-pastoral who renders both the landscape and the forces that imperil it.
Molly Case, the NHS nurse who finds poetry on the wards  The GuardianHer impassioned poem defending the NHS thrust Case into the public eye. With a memoir out soon, she talks about how the job of caring continues to inspire ...
Chrome extension replaces Google’s canned replies with poetry  The VergeGoogle traditionally plagues the internet with its own April Fools' gags on April 1st, but developer Chris Zubak-Skees has beaten the internet giant at its own ...
Mark Francois reading Tennyson, and other reasons to keep politicians away from poetry  The GuardianThere are no words to describe puffed up politicians reciting poetry, until someone invents a verb that is between cringing and retching.
Riverside’s Payton Green wins Grand Slam poetry event  The Spokesman-ReviewA Grand Slam isn't just a breakfast served at Denny's. On April 10, 14 students from area high schools faced off in the inaugural Northern vs. Valley Grand Slam ...
West Seattle Wednesday: From light rail to poetry and way beyond...  West Seattle BlogFirst, a reminder of our special seasonal guide: HOLY WEEK/EASTER/PASSOVER: Events all week, from services to egg hunts (and a few extras) through ...
Up to 12 poets will compete in a poetry slam at Kishwaukee  DeKalb Daily ChronicleMALTA – In celebration of National Poetry Month, up to 12 poets will take the stage for a Poetry Slam from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. April 30 in the Student Lounge, ...
Eco-Poets take the stage  The LumberJackThree poets read for national poetry month at Northtown Books.
The Poetry Of An X-Ray  Science FridayRafael Campo, a doctor and a poet, turns his experiences in the operating room into poetry.
On poetry, tradition, risk-taking, and colonial barbarians  Al Jazeera EnglishA conversation between Indian poet Manash Firaq Bhattacharjee and Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish.
Poetry Matters One Soul and One Orbit at a Time  Dissident VoiceI think poetry, if it's going to be really engaging and engaged, has to be able to come at the issues of our lives from all kinds of angles and all kinds of.
In ‘Magical Negro,’ Morgan Parker’s Poems Challenge White Ideas of Blackness  The New York TimesParker's third collection provides its audience a space to celebrate black excellence and black joy as well as to commiserate about injustice.
Deaf poet Raymond Antrobus wins Ted Hughes prize  The GuardianAfter fiercely challenging Ted Hughes's description of deaf children as “alert and simple” in a poem in his first collection, the deaf spoken-word poet Raymond ...
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet of lines like ‘chiseled marble,’ dies at 76  Washington PostLinda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the Texas desert ...
Linda Gregg, award-winning poet who explored love and loss, dies at 76  Los Angeles TimesLinda Gregg, an award-winning poet whose muse followed her in her wanderings from the wilds of Northern California to the rugged hills of Greece, from the ...
Bringing dead poets back to life, and into contact  Sippican WeekMARION — Emily probably knew who Walt was, but likely thought him to be vulgar.
The Poet Family Who Were Icons of Spanish Nationalism  The New York TimesThe Age of Disenchantments,” by Aaron Shulman, chronicles the turbulent lives of Leopoldo Panero, the unofficial poet laureate of Francoism, and his wife and ...
When Is National Poetry Month 2019? Poem in Your Pocket Day? How to Participate in Both  NewsweekWith the start of the month come April Fool's jokes and sayings about April showers bringing May flowers. But it is also the start of National Poetry Month.
Kwamé Alexander on the intersection between his children's books and poetry  Los Angeles TimesAuthor Kwamé Alexander visited the L.A. Times studio at the Festival of Books for a video chat about his poetry and children's books.
Workshop Helps Kids Find Language And Poetry Without Words  WJCT NEWSApril is national poetry month and the O, Miami poetry festival wants to reach every resident of Dade County with a poem—including a group of South Florida.
Stanley Plumly, former Maryland poet laureate, dies  Baltimore SunStanley Plumly, Maryland's former poet laureate and a respected University of Maryland faculty member who taught creative writing, died of complications of ...
Linda Gregg, Poet of Taut, Vivid Verse, Is Dead at 76  The New York TimesLinda Gregg, who explored beauty, loss, struggle and desire in award-winning poetry that was spare but intense and deeply evocative, died on March 20 in ...
Pulitzer Prize 2019: Forrest Gander wins for poetry, Richard Powers for fiction  The Indian ExpressAmerican poet Forrest Gander has been awarded the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for his collection Be With (New Directions, 2018). The collection has been described by ...
Second annual James Larkin Pearson Poetry Competition winners announced  Watauga DemocratFERGUSON — The Second James Larkin Pearson Poetry Competition was held last Saturday at Whippoorwill Academy and Village in Ferguson, N.C. North ...
San Jose students give new meaning to ‘trashy poetry’  The Mercury NewsInspirational verses written by the 20 student winners of the "Litter-ature" competition are being installed on 500 trash cans in the city.
National Poetry Month: LGBTQ Poets Who Inspire  Human Rights CampaignThis year, HRC is celebrating National Poetry Month by asking young people nationwide to write poems about what equality means to them and share them with ...
Stanley Plumly, Md. poet laureate who wrote of nature and memory, dies at 79  Washington PostStanley Plumly, a poet and University of Maryland professor who served as the state's poet laureate for nine years and also published well-regarded nonfiction ...
‘So many of our children had a loss to mourn. Isn’t that what poetry’s for?’  The GuardianIn an extract from her new book, poet and teacher Kate Clanchy on how a school poetry club enabled traumatised pupils to find their voice.
'I don't let dementia stop me from writing my poetry'  BBC NewsIn her years as a writer and poet, Alice Kelly has written dozens of poems and has now published her third book. At the age of 86, she and her husband Dessie ...
Shropshire poet in Laureate's final anthology  shropshirestar.comA wordsmith from Shropshire is one of just four writers whose work has been included in Carol Ann Duffy's final anthology as Poet Laureate.
Portland's Café Review marks 30 years of curating poetry from around the world  Press HeraldThe Café Review began humbly, as 16 mimeographed sheets of paper stapled together. The poets who gathered regularly at Woodfords Café in Portland ...
Poet Laureate KaNikki Jakarta brings 'real life fiction' to Alexandria  Alexandria TimesBy Cody Mello-Klein | [email protected] KaNikki Jakarta was born with the words of Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou in her head. While.
In new book of poetry, Richard Blanco reflects on an ever-changing America  Press HeraldRichard Blanco's sense of duty shifted when he delivered a poem on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for Barack Obama's second inauguration, an event now ...
Open Mic Poetry at Paterson Public Library Thursday  TAPinto.netPATERSON, NJ- The final open mic in honor of National Poetry Month will be held on Thursday at the Paterson Public Library. Set to begin at 6:00 p.m., the ...
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Should Walt Whitman Be #Cancelled?  JSTOR DailyIn 2013, Timothy McNair, a black, gay graduate student in music at Northwestern University, refused to perform Howard Hanson's “Song of Democracy,” a ...

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