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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Poet Michael Robbins offers picks for best poetry collections of 2018  Chicago TribunePoet and critic Michael Robbins offers his picks for best poetry collections of 2018, from a debut by Vanessa Couto Johnson to a new translation of Bertolt Brecht.
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Poetry Jukebox: A revolution in public space  Business MirrorUNVEILED as a new art installation in the heart of Bonifacio Global City, passersby can witness a live recital of Filipino and Czech poems along High Street,
Jazz Pianist Helen Sung On Poetry, Being Asian-American And The Debt She Owes Harry Connick Jr.  WBURAs a student at the University of Texas Austin, pianist and composer Helen Sung was set on a classical career. But when she saw Harry Connick Jr. play at a ...
The best poetry books of 2018  The Irish TimesOur critics choose works by Mahon, Jamie, O'Sullivan and others.
Listen: Poetry in Atlanta shows another side of city culture  Atlanta Journal ConstitutionListen now or open in iTunes or Google Play: Atlanta poet Ryan Jones may have felt defea...
Poetry Twitter Erupts over a Plagiarist in Their Midst  VultureAiley O'Toole tattooed a poem onto her skin from her Puschart Prize-nominated poem “Gun Metal.” It turns out she'd stolen those words from Rachel McKibbens.
On Poetry: Finding the spirit of holiness | Local News  Traverse City Record EagleI know, I know, not all of us are Christians. The poet himself was Jewish. But it seems like this poem, this story, opens itself to multiple cultures. The story.
Poetry in motion along Monroe Street - WISC  Channel3000.com - WISC-TV3All six Madison poet laureates are represented in a Madison Arts Commission project that has embedded 12 poems, two from each poet, in the sidewalks along ...
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UW Researcher Promotes Use Of Poetry In Science  Wyoming Public MediaA paper published in BioScience looks at how poetry can be used to teach scientific concepts and how researchers can use poetry to gain a new perspective.
I wanted to write a poetry book as good as the one I had aged seven  The Irish TimesKate Wilson: I wanted also to make a book that helped people see the natural world.
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A Debut Poet Confronts the Sexual Violence of an Earlier Generation  The New York TimesIn “A Cruelty Special to Our Species,” Emily Jungmin Yoon memorializes the Korean “comfort women” who were forced into prostitution during World War II.
Lemn Sissay’s Superkids — can poetry help troubled minds?  Financial Times“They're thought of as intrinsically bad,” says poet Lemn Sissay, referring to children in care. I would have thought most people would realise that such children ...
In Recent Poetry Collections, Weapons Made of Words  The New York TimesIn these four deeply political, deeply personal books, poets grapple with some hot-button issues of the day.
Tues. Book Club Celebrates With Poetry, Prose, Song  Greeneville SunTuesday Book Club members celebrated the season at the home of Mrs. John M. Jones Jr. Dec. 4 with a program entitled, “Christmas Reflections in Poetry, ...
First time out: Debut poetry by Duy Doan, Chanda Feldman, July Westhale  San Francisco ChronicleOpening Duy Doan's debut poetry collection, “We Play a Game” (Yale University Press; $20), we enter an elusive world of syllables and animals, where past and ...
Poetry is my language of expression  Daily NationAisling Cassandra, 34, is a wife, a mother of two--Ella and Micere, a banker and a poet. In 2016, she published her first collection of 81 poems in a book titled ...
Official proclamation: The 20 best poetry books of 2018  The SpinoffAll week this week we present the 20 best books of the year. Today: the 20 best collections of poetry. Poūkahangatus by Tayi Tibble (Victoria University Press, ...
Middlebury College president Patton to read her poetry  Addison County IndependentMIDDLEBURY — Laurie Patton, president of Middlebury College, will read from her latest poetry collection, “House Crossing,” on Sunday, Dec. 16, 4:30 p.m., ...
Hurling and poetry: Ó Bhéal’s word-clash of the ash  Irish ExaminerBy John Tynan. IF EVER there was a field sport so poetic that words can only but strive to do it justice, it is hurling and its proponents, the Cúchulains of Croker, ...
City players show off their poetry skills!  Manchester City FCManchester City players visit local school as part of Premier League writing stars.
Pushcart-Nominated Poet Accused of Plagiarizing Multiple Peers  JezebelEarlier this week, Twitter was full of up-and-coming writers celebrating their Pushcart Prize nominations. The Pushcart, which honors works published by small ...
The Poetry Programme: Michael Longley, in his 80th year  RTE.ieMichael Longley, who will turn 80 in 2019, is one of our finest poets, and on 11th and 18th November the Poetry Programme has an extended interview recorded ...
'Magnificent 7' Continues China Poetry Exchange · News  Keene State CollegeFour Keene State faculty/staff members, along with three Monadnock area poets, journeyed to China last month as part of a continuing exchange that will ...
Luciana Souza's New Recording, "The Book of Longing" Translates Poetry into Jazz  ForbesOn her new recording, “The Book of Longing,” Luciana Souza marries poetry and Jazz in an idiom all her own with spare accompaniment and her uniquely ...
Reviews: Three collections of poetry explore gender, race and family  Minneapolis Star TribunePOETRY: Three new collections explore gender, love, race and family.
Bright Star review: Music brimming with poetry and poems full of music  The Sydney Morning HeraldJohn Bell and Simon Tedeschi interweave the poetry of Keats and the Schubert's piano music.
American Life in Poetry: ‘Estelle’  The Spokesman-ReviewAlaska Quarterly Review put out a special double issue late in 2017 to celebrate its 35th year, a very long tenure for a literary magazine. Among the many fine ...
A Puschart Prize-Nominated Poet Has Been Accused Of Plagiarism By Numerous Poets  BustleAnother literary prize, another scandal. Poet Rachel McKibbens, whose latest collection, blud, came out earlier this year, has accused Pushcart Prize-nominee ...
Forget Beatnik Cliches: A Fresh Style of Jazz and Poetry is Brewing  KQEDIt's taken more than five decades, but *fresh* jazz/poetry collaborations have finally shaken the tired cliches festering in the zeitgeist since the Beat movement of ...
Refuge uses reversible poetry to highlight life or death domestic abuse issue  The DrumIn a bid to turn attitudes to domestic violence on their head, the domestic abuse charity Refuge and McCann Bristol have developed a number of full-page ads ...
The Poetry of Rhina Espaillat  New England Public RadioGinetta Candelario, Professor of Sociology and of Latin American and Latino/a Studies at Smith College was Tertulia's guest on November 25, 2018. She spoke.
Wollongong girl's heartbreaking winning poetry for a brother lost  Illawarra MercuryI wanted to let go of what I was holding in my heart”.
Poetry Programme: Vona Groarke, Mary Costello & more  RTE.ieIn the Poetry Programme on Sunday 25th November, at 7:30 pm on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets poet Vona Groarke, and novelist Mary Costello chooses ...
Anchorage Museum archives earthquake with viral memes, Twitter poetry  Alaska Public Radio NetworkHow do you measure the impact of a natural disaster? After the devastating Good Friday earthquake in 1964, archivers collected print newspaper headlines, ...
A Poet at the Crossroad: Tribute to Meena Alexander  The WireMeena Alexander, in The Shock of Arrival, recounts talking to her friend Zarina. “They refused to sell me gas… He said that I was Iraqi, that they would kill us all,” ...
Poet, essayist Meena Alexander dies at 67  Scroll.inShe won the 2002 PEN Open Book Award for 'Illiterate heart', a collection of poetry.
New author proves her mettle with her debut book of poetry  New Straits TimesKaren Ho. THE doors of the lift close, launching its three occupants in upward motion. Suddenly I hear a male voice utter, “You're like a tofu with chopsticks for ...
Free Poetry Skool @ Downtown Public Library  Boulder WeeklyPoets gather like words on a page scribed in their own handwriting. as illustrious lines they embody poetic form — such as , a tercet , perhaps —. where this ...
The Worst Bad Poem? There’s a Contest for That  The New York TimesThere 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 ...
Best books of 2018: Poetry  Financial TimesThe Coming of the Little Green Man, by John Agard, Bloodaxe Books, RRP£9.95. In the year when we learnt of the damage and cruelty that the UK's ...
You’ll be amazed at what the poets are doing  Toronto StarIf you think an entire book about the poetic process sounds depressing or dull, you are not alone. You are, however, delightfully mistaken.
CASC hosts 19th annual senior poetry festival  SILive.comSTATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- The Community Agency for Senior Citizens recently hosted its 19th annual Poetry Contest/Festival in the Old Bermuda Inn, Rossville.
Poet Tracy K. Smith, winner of Hall-Kenyon Prize, to appear in New Hampshire  The Laconia Daily SunCONCORD — United States Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the 2018 winner of the Hall-Kenyon Prize in American Poetry, honoring the late Donald Hall and ...
Theater review: 'Dear Elizabeth' a captivating story of love,...  Duluth News TribuneA love story told in letters from two brilliant but damaged poets seems an unlikely topic for an engaging, comic and tragic play. Yet so it is, with Sarah Ruhl's ...
Poetry can provide us solace from life’s relentless pressures  Hindustan TimesOne's home is one place where we can abdicate from today's barbarity. Provided, of course, we don't regard our homes as assets accruing value in the property ...
Maya C. Popa Joins 'PW' as Poetry Reviews Editor  Publishers WeeklyMaya C. Popa has joined Publishers Weekly as its new poetry reviews editor, effective immediately. Popa succeeds Alex Crowley in the post and will be ...
Poetry Programme: Sarah Crossan & Natalya O'Flaherty  RTE.ieIn this week's Poetry Programme on RTÉ Radio 1, Olivia O'Leary meets Laureate na nÓg Sarah Crossan and performance poet Natalya O'Flaherty. Listen to it ...

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