I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova

I will not die an unlived life.

I will not live in fear

of falling or catching fire.

I choose to inhabit my days,

to allow my living to open me,

to make me less afraid,

more accessible;

to loosen my heart

until it becomes a wing,

a torch, a promise.

I choose to risk my significance,

to live so that which came to me as seed

goes to the next as blossom,

and that which came to me as blossom,

goes on as fruit.

 

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~ by cjt on July 6, 2007.

10 Responses to “I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova”

  1. When searching this morning for an online copy of Dawna Markova’s “I Will Not Die an Unlived Life,” I encountered your blog. I am thrilled to have found your site and believe, from a quick perusal of the types of pieces you post, that we are encouraged by many of the same writers. I am a writer, life coach and artist. I launched my Online Journal last Saturday at http://www.djwlifecoach.wordpress.com. I will follow yours and hope you will find mine encouraging as well.

    You are loved and loving. You are blessed and a blessing. Namaste, Deborah Jane Wells

  2. I too was looking for this poem and came across your blog. And as the responder above, I am a life coach and a writer, but not I am sorry to say, an artist.
    I will come back to see what else you are writing about often.

  3. thanx for putting up “i will not die…..”one day i hope to put it into practise.Paul

  4. […] I will not die an unlived life. I will not live in fear of falling or catching fire. I choose to inhabit my days, to allow my living to open me, to make me less afraid, more accessible, to loosen my heart until it becomes a wing, a torch, a promise. I choose to risk my significance; to live so that which comes to me as seed goes to the next as blossom and that which comes to me as a blossom, goes on as fruit. “I Will Not Die an Unlived Life,” by Dawna Markova. […]

  5. I am so glad I found this complete poem, but even more so to find your blog. This poem resonates with what I want to make my life task for 2013; to overcome my fears as a writer and express myself truthfully and authentically in everything I write, to tell it as it is, not in the sense that everything I write is autobiographical, but to delve into the depths of human experience and emotion and just write it, not censoring my own words before they could even be born on paper, not worrying about what people would think, but to remain rooted in my own truth and sphere where I inhabit my days of 2013.

    • I’m glad you are able to be inspired by this poem and my blog. I wish you many blessings to accomplish your goals of 2013.

  6. today my mother read a letter to me over the phone. i’d written it to her nearly 18 years ago to try to explain why i was going off to another country with no job and no real safety net in place. i’d included this poem in the letter, and even though i vaguely remembered it, i had search online to find the whole thing. that’s what brought me to your blog…what a lovely little bit of serendipity. i have always lived the way the poet talks describes, and right now i particularly needed this poem to remind me why. thank you for creating such a lovely, inspiring, thought-provoking space in this cyber galaxy.

    • Thank you for such a sweet comment! Though I love finding new material for this blog and sharing it with others, it is comments like yours that really motivate me. And, the funny thing is, my husband and I are taking off to another country without jobs or safety nets pretty soon, and to know how another person like you has done the same gives us an added boost of courage to move ahead.

  7. Great words.

  8. Reblogged this on Ralf Weiser's Blog – Shake Up Your Snow Globe! © and commented:
    A really wonderful poem by Dawna Markova. Just beautiful.

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