I Will Not Die An Unlived Life

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.

oranges and blossom

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.

~ Untitled – from the book I Will Not Die an Unlived Life by Dawna Markova

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2 comments to “I Will Not Die An Unlived Life”

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  1. Ariana - 19 Feb, 2016 Reply

    Gillian, when my marriage came to an end, this poem was my mantra for the opportunities that I knew lay ahead of me if I could but open myself up to them. I could never read it aloud without crying…then! Thank you for reminding me about it. I must have come a long way since, because I can’t seem to get in touch with the emotions that I clearly felt at the time. I had felt so powerless, but no longer I’m pleased to say. xx

    • Gillian - 19 Feb, 2016 Reply

      That’s wonderful to hear! xx

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